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Re: [Slovak-World] women's surnames

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  • Gerald J. Sabo
    Some last names are noun form and some are adjective form: Hadasova/Hadas vs. Lenicka/Lednicky. Also some noun form names have a feminine look as the
    Message 1 of 4 , Jul 27, 2004
      Some last names are noun form and some are adjective form:
      Hadasova/Hadas vs. Lenicka/Lednicky. Also some noun form
      names have a feminine look as the twentieth-century artist
      Martin Benka whose wife would have been Benkova--Jerry Sabo.

      ---- Original message ----
      >Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 16:14:24 -0700 (PDT)
      >From: "Scott T. Mikusko" <guerilla@...>
      >Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] women's surnames
      >To: slovak list <Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com>
      >
      > On Tue, 27 Jul 2004, barbbaba wrote:
      >
      > > When I see that my Eastern Slovak men
      > married....the maiden name of the
      > > woman usually ends in "ova"....sooooo if I wanted
      > to figure out the surname
      > > without the feminine ending on it....how would I
      > change the name? Just
      > > remove the "ova" or substitute some other letters
      > of ?
      > >
      > > Examples: Helena Hadasova Ann
      > Marzinanova or the name
      > > Hantkova?
      > >
      >
      > Usually, as a general rule, it's about right. There
      > some slight spelling
      > changes depending on the surname. If the last name
      > is an adjective, the
      > feminine form will change the -y ending to -a.
      > Example:
      >
      > Lednicky -> Lednicka
      > Rudecky -> Rudecka
      >
      > and so on.
      >
      > Some names end with a -ec ending, like Nemec or
      > Polodec. These will have
      > their e's drop becore the final c:
      >
      > Polodec -> Polodcova
      > Nemec -> Nemcova
      >
      > Now, sometimes it's a bit tricky to glean the
      > masculine from the feminine
      > (well, it is for me!). Take my surname for
      > instance:
      >
      > Mikusko -> Mikuskova
      > Mikuska -> Mikuskova!!
      >
      > Sometimes it's hard to know the last letter of the
      > name with -a or -o.
      >
      > I'm not sure there is a rule for that, I think you
      > just have know it, or
      > guess. Perhaps a native speaker on the list can
      > elaborate on that more.
      >
      > And it's not just their maiden name with -ova/-a;
      > their married name will
      > follow the same convention.
      >
      > -Scott
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