Re: "First Names from Czechoslovakia" )Kunegunda #general


I can't answer Ms. Burns' 01-15-01 inquiry about the name "Jutta,"
but I can about the name "Cunegunda," thanks to some old message exchanges
in the GenPol mail group, which I have considated and paraphrased.

It is a popular Polish name (and may be or have been popular also in
Czechslovakia). There was a St. Cunegunda as well as a "blessed"
Cunegunda, who was also known as "Kinga." The "blessed" one was a Polish
princess who, according to legend, threw her precious ring into a salt
mine in Welieczka (Werliczka).

Another version says that the blessed one was a Hungarian Princess
betrothed to a Polish Prince. In this version she threw her ring into a
well. She wanted to ensure that she would have a good supply of salt (a
very precious commodity) when she moved to Poland. After her arrival in
Poland, soeone found the ring while digging in a field, and the one of the
most or the most famous salt mine was found there. A cathedral was built
in or near that salt mine.

St. Cunegunda, who may be listed listed in the online Catholic
Encyclopedia, was the wife of 11th century emperor St. Henry of Bavaria.
There are several churches in the US named after her.

I can only suggest that "Cunegunda" was chosen for one of Ms.Burn's
great-grandmothers, because it was thought to bring luck and was popular
at in her time as well.

I speculate that the name "Jutta" is a diminuitive of "Judith." But no
doubt, Judith Romney Wegner will have something intelligent to say about it!

Naomi Fatouros (nee FELDMAN)
Bloomington, Indiana
Researching: BELKOWSKY, Odessa, Berdichev; FELDMAN, Pinsk; SHUTZ, SCHUTZ,
Shcherets; LEVY, Mulhouse;SAS, Podwolochisk; RAPOPORT, Tarnopol; BEHAM,
Salok, Kharkov.

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