[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Polish record name variations

Bill Fife wmfife at telus.net
Fri Oct 24 18:39:29 PDT 2003


The next SGGEE Journal (December) will have ten pages devoted to helping
understand Polish, and other, Eastern European names.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Karl Krueger" <dabookk54 at yahoo.com>
To: "Mail List" <ger-poland-volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org>
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2003 5:43 PM
Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Polish record name variations

> I know there will be plenty of people here who could answer my curiosity
on this. I am finally at a point where I need to translate some parish
records, and while I do have Polish and Russian friends I do not always want
to rely on them for help so Ive got train myself to read these records.
> What I would like to understand is how the different endings on names are
used on Polish records. Since I know the true names of my ancestors I see
their names written in different forms on some parish records. Here are some
examples where the left name is what appears in the records while the right
name is the true name: Unclear letters are in parenthesis.
> Fryderyk(ie)m = Fryderik or Fyderika
> Wolskim = Wolski (or Wolska)
> Tarruhnow = Tarruhn
> Habkow = Habke
> Jana (not Jan) is Polish for Johann
> Samuela = Samuel
> What I hope to understand is when and how are these endings used and can
anything be learned from them like are they used specifically for one sex? I
have seen many more instances of these name endings used. Are there any
other examples I havent listed here?
> A second unrelated question pertains to a record in Cyrillic which I had a
Russian friend translate for me. When he came to my g-g-grandmothers name
he pronounced the name as "Agatha" instead of Henriette as I know it and as
it is written in earlier Polish records. I know the same individual is being
referred to. Does anyone know if Agatha is a Russian version of Henriette?
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