czech? or something else?

Discussion in 'Looking for Ancestors' started by sunshinecookie, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. the american way to spell my name is chervenka. i figured out in czech that its spelling would be cervenka. but my grandpa said that the original spelling was czervenka, so what is its origin? i was lookign up other slavic langauges and im thinkign maybe its polish? what do you people think?
  2. wer

    wer Well-Known Member

    It's very common Slavic name derived from "červ" (= worm) or more likely from "červený" (= red <- dyed by worm).

    The most common Czech variants are "Červenka/Červenková" (male/female) and "Červinka/Červinková".

    As for the orthography, "cz" is either the old Czech way of writing "č", or the recent Polish way, or a foreign (German, English...) transcription.

    I don't think your name is Polish, since Poles use "w" instead of "v". Most likely it is Czech or Slovak.
  3. Karel_lerak

    Karel_lerak Well-Known Member

    There is also a small singing bird "červenka" (Erithacus rubecula).
  4. Polednikova

    Polednikova Well-Known Member

    In English, that's a robin - used extensively on Christmas cards. Also known affectionately as robin redbreast!
  5. GlennInFlorida

    GlennInFlorida Well-Known Member


    "when the red, red robin comes bob, bob, bobin' along...."

  6. wissy

    wissy Well-Known Member

    Thanks alot Glenn! I can't get that damn tune out of my head now... :wink:
  7. GlennInFlorida

    GlennInFlorida Well-Known Member


    sorry :lol:

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