[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Suffix -ke
lindakbowen at cox.net
Sat Nov 16 12:20:29 PST 2013
I found this explanation online.
"Certain suffixes can also tell us about a name's origin. The suffix
-ke/ka---as in*Rilke, Kafka, Krupke, Mielke, Renke, Schoepke*---hints at
Slavic roots. Such names, often considered "German" today, stem from the
eastern parts of Germany and former German territory spreading eastward
from Berlin (itself a Slavic name) into today's Poland and Russia, and
northward into Pomerania (/Pommern,/and another dog breed: Pomeranian).
The Slavic -ke suffix is similar to the Germanic -sen or -son,
indicating patrilinear descent---from the father, son of. (Other
languages used prefixes, as in the Fitz-, Mac-, or O' found in Gaelic
regions.) But in the case of the Slavic -ke, the father's name is
usually not his Christian or given name (Peter-son, Johann-sen) but an
occupation, characteristic, or location associated with the father (krup
= "hulking, uncouth" + ke = "son of" = Krupke = "son of the hulking one")."
On 11/16/2013 2:16 PM, Linda Bowen wrote:
> It is my understanding that it indicates Slavic influence.
> In my family my Schmidtke was probably Schmidt at one time.
> On 11/16/2013 12:39 PM, Katrin Hanko wrote:
>> could somebody explain me the meaning or origin of the suffix -ke in
>> many German family names - like Radke, Reschke, etc. etc.
>> Katrin Hanko
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