Peter Zavon <pzavon@...>
While this is a reasonable premise to investigate, I think the simpler
possibility should not be overlooked. That is the possibility that the name
was derived independently in the two locations.
I have a similar situation with the surname ZAVODNIK. There are Zavodniks
in the US who trace to immigrants who went to Minnesota and Cleveland, Ohio
and who were Christians >from Slovenia (Austrian Empire). There are other
Zavodniks in the US (and in France) who are Jewish or know they are
descended >from Jews, and who trace back to locations in what is now Belarus
(Russian Empire). It seems most likely to me that the Jewish Zavodniks
developed the surname quite independently >from the Christians.
Remember, the suffix "NIK" is a common Slavic suffix indicating a person.
That leaves the root, 'zavod' in my case or 'kol' in Alan's case. 'Zavod'
may be a reference to a worker (factory rather than farm). My language
skills are not good enough to speculate on how 'kol' might work in such a
case, but that is an alternative worth remembering, in my opinion.
"AK" <email@example.com> wrote in message
It appears that it is possible that my family, or at least my family name,
originated in Slovakia, in an area about 50 miles NE of Bratislava, and(today,
pop. about 660, I believe). There are many people living there and fromthe
Pinsk-Minsk area (Luninetz and Kozhanhorodok, specifically, in what wasshows
researchers investigating their roots in villages close by, like Krajne.