JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Horkio or Karpio? in Russian Empire #general
In article <000a01be0db7$8b6b64c0$b6f175c0@...>,
darnold@... (Shmuel and Shoshana Arnold) writes:
On my great-grandfather's Declaration of Intention, it says he was born
Hi! It's likely these are all the same town usually transliterated today
as Kharkiv in modern Ukraine (though http://www.mapquest.com spells
it as Charkov).
The first letter in the town's name is a Cyrillic "X", representing a
sound like the "ch" in Scottish "loch" or German "och". It's usually
transliterated into the Roman alphabet as "kh", but you'll also see
"ch" or "h".
In Russian, the town ending is spelled "ov", but pronounced "off". The
pronounciation would account for your ggm's Charkof.
In Ukrainian, the town ending is spelled "iv", but pronounced "eew." If
your ggf's Horkio could be read as Harkiv, it would be accounted for by
the Ukrainian spelling.
Hope this proves to be right!