Re: First Name "Janos"
> I know a Jan today (John) who is often, though not always, calledThat's a good point, Ron. Some Slovak men's nicknames were originally
> Janos in Slovakia.
borrowed from Hungarian, while some Czech ones from German:
SK name -- SK nickname -- CZ nickname (borrowed from)
Juraj -- D~uro -- Jirka (Gyuri)
Jan -- Jano -- Honza (Hans)
Alexander -- S~an~o -- Alex (Sa'ndor)
Jozef -- Joz~o -- Pepik (Jo'zsef; Pepi)
Stefan -- Pis~ta -- (not that common in Czech)
Vojtech -- Belo -- Vojta (Be'la)
There also are "Slovak-Slovak" nicknames for each of these names, but
the ones from Hungarian are still alive. The legendary highwayman's
family name _Ja'nos~i'k_ came from _Ja'nos_, too.
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