Uncommon Czech Surnames

Discussion in 'Culture' started by sapienta, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. MK

    MK Well-Known Member

    little v should be above c, it is pronounced like cz in word czech (Čech)
  2. Kacerovsky

    Kacerovsky Member

    Yes you're correct. I'm not sure if it's pronounced Kooch or rovskee

    or Katch or rovskee
  3. MK

    MK Well-Known Member

  4. Kacerovsky

    Kacerovsky Member

    My grandmother's maiden name is Rauko.
  5. kibicz

    kibicz Well-Known Member

    sounds Japanese.. not Czech(at least to me)
  6. eso

    eso Well-Known Member

    Maybe Rajko?
  7. kibicz

    kibicz Well-Known Member

    Vocative of "rajka" - sacred amazonian bird?;)
    well now it sounds a bit more Slovak..
  8. Kacerovsky

    Kacerovsky Member

    My grandmother is way too white to be Japanese. Pehaps it is Rajko, just Americanized because that's what happens in the states.
  9. jajaso

    jajaso New Member

    I've got another uncommon name I'd like explained to me, if possible.


    Based on phone records it appears to have an mark over the "i" to indicate a long i.

    No living relative has any idea, the theories are as varied as the people I've asked.

    From family I've heard its the name of a river, or relating to feet, from just a dictionary check I know there is a verb vahat' that could be related, that has several meanings.

    Some older family members even thought it was made up, but there appears to be many listings for this name, primarily in Jicin, old and new, in northeast Czech Republic, Moravia?

    If anyone has a strong feeling, I would appreciate input.

  10. Karel_lerak

    Karel_lerak Well-Known Member

    The relative frequency of surname "Vahalík" is 110 in 5000000.

    In my opinion, the name is derived from the verb "váhat" = hesitate
    "somebody who (often) hesitates"

    other possibility: "váha" = scale, weighing-machine, weight

    there is a river in Slovakia: "Váh"
  11. jajaso

    jajaso New Member

    Thank you very much for your reply, Karel!
  12. Alena

    Alena Well-Known Member

    Have the same opinion :)
  13. bibax

    bibax Well-Known Member

    And the verb váhat (= kolísat, to balance, to pendulate) is obviously derived from váha (= a balance, with a beam and two pans).

    The Czech spelling of your surname is either Váhalík or Vahalík. There is also Váhal (= past participle of the verb váhat) which is commoner.

    The connection with the river Váh is very unlikely.
  14. jholmstrom

    jholmstrom New Member

    Can anyone tell me what my maiden name Havrda means?


    Hi, my name is Nivia Kruta, I'm Brazilian, my great grandfather was born in Oselce, Bohemia region in 1891, his name was Jan Krůta.
    I did my "Origens" DNA exam and they found 16% Russian DNA, someone could explain me if the Kruta family has a Russian origin?
    They found Portuguese, British, Italian, Scandinavian DNA too, but I think Russian origin is more probably to my great grandfather. What do you think about that?
  16. Dana

    Dana Well-Known Member

    Hi Nivia, your and your great grandfather's last name is Czech, not Russian. The word krůta means "turkey" in Czech. Of course some of your ancestors could have come from Russia but they would probably have had a different last name.

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