[Slovak-World] Re: A suffix added to family names
- I remember my mom (Mrs. Fedor) being referred to, and called, very casually, by a friend of the family "Fedoran~a". I also heard my mom refer to his wife (Mrs. Hlebasko [Hlebas~ko]) as Hlebas~kan~a. I don't think I heard that suffex used by any other family though.
All opinions my own
>>> "votrubam" <votrubam@...> 12/2/2009 9:23 PM >>>As Julie implied, it sounds to most Slovaks today as if an American nun hated being called that and insisted on being called a monk. But there is a tiny group of Slovak women who do not use it.
> she hated that "ova" thing
> totally guessing here) that it came about with communismIt became formalized and widespread, but not mandatory, after 1918. The Slovaks distinguished women's and men's last names before, the ending -ka was most common for women (there were others), it is still today in informal conversations, but the same last name, no -ova, was used for both genders in formal situations towards the end of the 19th century. There's a bit more on that here:
... click on the link that belongs to the year 1995, the passage then starts on page 5.
The smiles with Julie's last name came precisely because when applied to a woman without the -ova ending, the last name, which happens to end in -ka, sounds like what a woman from a related family might be called informally when she's not present, somewhat comparable to the English "that Jones woman."
- I selling books : PETROVEC (1745-1995); SLOVACI VO SVETE; Nazvy obci Slovenskej republiky...
Jan from Zvolen
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