JOHN G. CAKARS <latvija@...>
The case is being made that the following people have "Latvian" giventoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
names. However, an examination reveals this may not be the case.
According to the book "Latviesu personvardu vardnica" (Dictionary of
Latvian given names), by K. Silins, Riga <<Zinate>> 1990 states this:
Wilhelm=Vilhelms; Elisabeth=Elizabete; Jean (The author considers this
to be a French name.)=Z'anis; Virginea more commonly is spelled
Virginija; Marie=Marija; Gireth, I have no idea what this name is or
means. It is not listed in this book.
Zanis has a diacritical mark over the "Z." It is a little "v." It used
to be spelled Zhanis. According to this dictionary, Zhanis is a form of
I seriously doubt that this is an ethnic Latvian family.
john g. cakars
Albany, CA, USA
Arrived with the ship "Switzerland" >from Antwerp to New York on Apri 5,l 1882: