- Sep 26, 2004--- In Vistytis@yahoogroups.com, "ly2pu" <ly2pu@y...> wrote:
> --- In Vistytis@yahoogroups.com, Bob Friedman <inwood@p...> wrote:the
> > The JRI-Poland database (http://www2.jewishgen.org/jri-pl/) has 2
> > entries for DOTOMISZKOWSKA and one for DOTOMISZKOWSKI, all from
> > town of Wizajny, located just a dozen kilometers from Vistytis.belonging
> Just some toponymics and lingvistic data:
> Also a dozen km from Vistytis (and from Vizainis, too :)) are
> located: village Dotamai, lake Dotamai and stream Dotamas.
> A person living in Dotamai in lithuanian language can be called
> "dotamiszkis" (a polish version of spelling), and many polish
> surnames are ending with "-owski". Not sure, but it seems that
> "-ovski" two or more centuries ago could have meaning of "belonging
> So, surname "Dotamiszkowski" could be interpreted as "a man
> to Dotamiszkis".ears
> Name of a village Dotamai most probably came from the lake's (or
> river's) name. But that name sounds a bit strange for lithuanian
> (no more known occasions in Lithuania), it can be a relict of ourI have been able to find a reference to the Dotamas stream but not to
> lithuanian cousins Sudovians (jotvingians) language.
> Also, word "miszkas" (a polish spelling) means "forest" in
> lithuanian, it is frequently used as one syllable of surnames. But
> not in this surname, I think...
> That was just speculations, I have no enough knowledge in
> linguistics, so take it as a little game :))
the village or the lake. There are no entries in the Schoenburgs'
*Lithuanian Jewish Communities,* Dov Levin's *The Litvaks,* The
JewishGen ShtetlSeeker, or online maps. Is it possible that the
village had a name in addition to Dotamai or that it had a different
spelling? Vistytis itself had different names and spellings,
including Vishtinetz (Yiddish), Vishtitis, Wishtinetz [Russian],
Wistiten [Prussian], and Wishtiti [Lithuanian], Vistenics, Vichtinets,
Wistivitz, Wistyniec, Wisztniec, Wysztyniec, Wisztiniec, Wysztyten and
Any exact reference to the existence of the small village of Dotamai
would be appreciated.
Robert E Mitchell
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