[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Anybody ever see the surname Ratt? Taron

Günther Böhm GHBoehm at ish.de
Tue Oct 30 15:55:34 PDT 2007

Otto schrieb:

>Ratt/Radt (wheel) could well be a shortened form of Rattke/Radtke  
>(little wheel or offspring of wheel)
Hello Karl & Otto,
RATT would primarily sound like RAT [RATH] which stands for an urban, 
feudal or royal councillor.
'Rad' would more likely occur in craftsmen's names like RADEMACHER,
RADKE more likely stem from the slavian first name Radek [Radko] as its 
diminutive [from 'rad' = happy].

>Taron/Tarrun remains a challenge.
Here I am at first tempted to think of the medieval town of Thorn 
[Toruń] -  B U T  the surname TARON is not uncommon in France. There it 
seems to originate from the present département Marne where several 
TARON lived in Châlons, La-Neuville-Au-Pont,  Sainte-Menehould and Vroil 
in 17th and 18th century as well as the present département 
Meurthe-et-Moselle (Saulxures-Lès-Nancy, starting from early 17th 
century as well).


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