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  • votrubam
    ... Anton To th was the local priest at Pavlovce who married them. The traditional Slovak word is pleba n (ple ba nos, parish priest in Hungarian). To th
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      > Toth, as well as being a last name, also is the Hungarian
      > word meaning an ethnic Slovak.

      Anton To'th was the local priest at Pavlovce who married them. The traditional Slovak word is pleba'n (ple'ba'nos, "parish priest" in Hungarian).

      To'th first meant "a Slav" in Hungarian, then specifically "a Slovak," and then it was replaced by the current _Szlova'k_. Last names derived from ethnicity are quite common in Central Europe. One of the most common names in Slovakia is Horvat(h), a Hungarian version of "Croatian" (over 16,000); at least 15,000 people in Slovakia have last names derived from "German" (Nemec, Nemc~ok, Nemcovsky'...); etc.


      Martin
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