Re: A suffix added to family names
> if this was an ending used in the eastern dialects-an~a is a pan-Slovak feminine derivation. It is rather infrequent, and the derivations often have augmenting, expressive, negative connotations: dlhana "the too-tall one"; strapana "the one with disheveled hair"; sprostana "the dumb one."
As Helen's and Bill's useful examples show, -ana can be perfectly neutral in family derivations.
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Jan from Zvolen
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