JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Surname #general


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In a message dated 8/15/98 11:01:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
sharona@cadvision.com writes:

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Zwawy [Zhvah vee] - male,
Zwawa [Zhvah vah] - female

In Polish "Z" in zwawy reads with the an accent above the letter "z", which
reads as "zh" in the name "Zhukov "

Zwawy translates to English as brisk(y) or lively.
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Brisk, lively, would translate into Lebendig/k (lively) in Yiddish, perhaps
into Chay, Chaya/Chayka/Chayim (Lif/living) in Hrbrew. Zwawy could thus be a
polish rendition of someon'es surname or given name, and you might find the
Polish and the Yiddish and Hebrew forms in the same family.

Michael Bernet, New York

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