[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] surnames ending in ski
dabookk54 at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 4 13:33:36 PDT 2005
It seems even the Germans converted names of Polish roots to more Germanic endings. My German documents indicate my g-grandmother's name as Wolske but parish records of her family written in Polish indicate the name was Wolski. Since Poles change the ending of the names with sex this was Wolska in her case (ski endings for males, ska endings for females). In EWZ you can find either Wolski or Wolske being used for descendants of this line.
Because so many Germans from Prussia had names ending in ke it appears they made this modification to conform to Germanic spellings but at least in this instance it was clearly a name of Polish roots converted to German spelling. Jerry is right though that Jeske is definitely German, as is Ganske, Fenske, Friske, etc.
Jerry Frank <FranklySpeaking at shaw.ca> wrote:
I believe that the "...ske" ending is not connected as it is a Germanic
ending - Jeske, Ganske, etc. though I suppose, in some cases, especially in
North America, it may have been modified from an "...ski" ending as is the
case with a U.S. variant of my Girschewski family - Geschefske.
At 01:23 PM 04/04/2005, gpvjem wrote:
> Where does that leave those with a name ending in "e"?
>But according to my Polish/Ukrainian friend, the "ski" ending is Polish,
>and the "sky" ending is Russian or Ukrainian. I am currently corresponding
>with a person who has a name that ends "skyy", so that must mean that he is
>Gig Harbor, WA
>At 08:38 AM 4/4/2005, Jerry Frank wrote:
> >Yes. Both are pronounced "skee".
> >At 08:32 AM 04/04/2005, Michael & Maureen McHenry wrote:
> >>Jerry is SKY ending just a variant?
> >> MIKE
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> >>Subject: Re: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] surnames ending in ski
> >>At 04:57 AM 04/04/2005, David Wade wrote:
> >> >Can anyone explain to me why it seems there are so many surnames from
> >> >area that end in 'ski' or some variation of 'ski' (or is it my
> >> >
> >> >Thank you,
> >> >Lois
> >>There are a variety of possibilities for this situation with respect to
> >>Germans in East-central Europe. First, understand that the 'ski' suffix
> >>equivalent to 'von' in German. Like von, it can have two
> >>connotations. One is nobility. It implies that you are "from" a noble
> >>family. The other is locational, implying that your are "from" a
> >>certain town.
> >>So how do peasant class people get such a name? Several
> >>possibilities. One might be that a noble family loses its fortune or
> >>fortune gets spread thinly among the descendants so that they become the
> >>same level as peasant class people. Another way was that a nobleman
> >>grant the right for a peasant to use his surname, especially for some
> >>of meritous service, perhaps in battle.
> >>Sometimes names evolved. I have the surname Girschewski in my ancestry,
> >>German Lutheran for many years. As best I can determine, the surname
> >>evolved out of the German name, Gersch.
> >>In other cases, ski was tacked on to the end of a German name that had
> >>translated to Polish. You can probably find some of those in the
> >>equivalency list on the SGGEE website.
> >>Many of these Polish sounding names used by German ethnics (including my
> >>Girschewski) came out of the Kashubian region, mostly in western West
> >>Prussia but extending into eastern Pomerania.
> >>Jerry Frank - Calgary, Alberta
> >>FranklySpeaking at shaw.ca
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> >Jerry Frank - Calgary, Alberta
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