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czech? or something else?

Postby sunshinecookie » 25-Jul-08 9:41

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?
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Postby wer » 25-Jul-08 11:30

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.
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Postby Karel_lerak » 25-Jul-08 21:37

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

There is also a small singing bird "červenka" (Erithacus rubecula).
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Postby Polednikova » 25-Jul-08 22:10

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

There is also a small singing bird "červenka" (Erithacus rubecula).
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In English, that's a robin - used extensively on Christmas cards. Also known affectionately as robin redbreast!
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Postby GlennInFlorida » 25-Jul-08 22:20

or

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

:wink:
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Postby wissy » 26-Jul-08 14:22

GlennInFlorida wrote:or

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

:wink:


Thanks alot Glenn! I can't get that damn tune out of my head now... :wink:
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Postby GlennInFlorida » 26-Jul-08 14:53

hehehe...

sorry :lol:
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