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Re: German Mahren

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  • Peter M
    Thanks Martin. I m happy that s been cleared up. Peter M.
    Message 1 of 20 , Jul 6, 2012
      Thanks Martin. I'm happy that's been cleared up.
      Peter M.

      --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "votrubam" <votrubam@...> wrote:
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      > > Marhefka, which I assumed to be of German origin from Mähren.
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      > Impossible; no historical or linguistic grounds for "assuming" that. It is a Polish and East-Slovak word for "carrot" (it may also occur as a regional word elsewhere in the Slavic-speaking area). The meaning "root" was only present in old-Old German, and had already shifted to "carrot" by the Middle German period, but German never had the -v- in it -- that was inserted after the word entered the Slavic languages. The family name Marhefka means "carrot" and is Slavic in origin.
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      > Martin
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