Hello, Bonjour, Ahoj!

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Anthony_Havlicek, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. Hello everyone,

    I thought I would introduce myself to the boards as I am a newbie, so here it goes....

    My name is Anthony Havlicek and I hail from Canada. I am of Czech/French ancestry which is what brought me to this site. I have a keen interest in learning more about my Czech heritage and have begun studying the language and hope to one day be able to call myself trilingual. Its a long road ahead but I am up for the challenge!

    Na shledanou.

  2. eso

    eso Well-Known Member

    Welcome on forum, Anthony.
  3. Polednikova

    Polednikova Well-Known Member

    Wecome. It's a start having a Czech name! Was it originally Havliček?
  4. It sure was :D

    My grandparents were born in Poland and left Europe at a young age during the war. I believe my great grandparents were Czech natives. My grandfathers name is Havlíček and I think my grandmothers maiden name was Kačer if I remember correctly.
  5. wer

    wer Well-Known Member

    No, it was “Havlíček”. :wink:

    BTW, it means “small/little Gaul”.
  6. Oh ya, thats right. :oops: I thought I wrote it that way up there.

    I was also wondering what the female version would be: Havlíčeková or Havlíčková? And is it a common name in CR?

    Thanks a bunch
  7. scrimshaw

    scrimshaw Well-Known Member

    Welcome Anthony, and good luck with your learning czech. Keep us posted.
  8. Polednikova

    Polednikova Well-Known Member

    I think it'll be Havlíčková, Anthony. I don't know how common it is, though I presume it's a diminutive of Havel which is, of course, a very famous Czech name! :)
  9. Alexx

    Alexx Well-Known Member

    Havlíček (or Havlíčková) - 1497 registered phone numbers in CZ

    So not one of most often, but not rare. Common suits :)

    The most often surname, Novák(-ová) is little under 10000.
  10. wer

    wer Well-Known Member

    You presume correct. “Havel” is Czech version of the first name Gall (Gallus, Gallen). The name was most likely imported by Irish missioners or their Bavarian successors. The name was pretty common throughout the Middle Ages. It is outdated nowadays. As every first name, it was commonly used also as surname. The surname is still common.
    “Havlíček” is diminutive of “Havel” and diminutives were common solution of surname duplicities, hence “Havlíček” is pretty common as well.

    Yes, now is “Havel” the better known variant, but 20 years ago it was “Havlíček”, since Karel Havlíček Borovský was one of the Czech 19th century national leaders. Practically every town in the Czech Republic has its own “Havlíčkova Street”.
  11. Karel_lerak

    Karel_lerak Well-Known Member

    The relative frequences:
    Havliček 7
    Havlíček 5243
    Havlička 8
    in 5 000 000 men surnames
    Havličková 23 (to both Havliček and Havlička)
    Havlíčková 5419
    in 5 200 000 women surnames.
  12. Thank you for all the information! Very interesting and informative. It's great to have a better understanding of my name. :)

    Děkuji a na shledanou (I hope this is how one would say 'Thank you and Good bye'???)

  13. bibax

    bibax Well-Known Member

    There is also a hair-cut “na Havlíčka (Havla)” named after K. Havlíček Borovský.
  14. Irena M

    Irena M Well-Known Member

  15. Czech Technical University in Prague Rector: Professor Václav Havlíček... cool 8)

    I wish I had learnt Czech when I was a youngster; I would love to go to university in Czech Republic!
  16. kibicz

    kibicz Well-Known Member

    You can study ČVUT in english...;)

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