Surname #galicia


Alexander Sharon <sharona@...>
 

Jose Gutstein wrote:

I came across a most unusual Jewish surname of a person that married into my
family in Lomza Gubernia, Poland: ZWAWY and ZWAWA.

I'm pretty sure it's a distinct surname >from the much more common Szwab
(Schwab).

Does anyone know how the "Zw" would in ZWAWY would be pronounced in Polish?

Any suggestions on a possible "English" equivalent to look for in case the
family emigrated?

Thanks,

Jose Gutstein
JMG-Miami@msn.com
Pronunciation:

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.

Alexander Sharon
Calgary Alberta


MBernet@...
 

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

<<
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.
>>

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


Phyllis Kramer <phylliskramer1@...>
 

Peter Haas asked about online sites for Jewish Surnames. Ancestry
has put Alexander Beider's book on Russian surnames online; a
similar book for Poland can probably be found in most major
libraries.

Dictionary of Jewish Surnames in Russian Empire [database on-line].
Provo, UT. USA. Original data: Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of
Jewish Surnames >from the Russian Empire. Teaneck, NJ, USA:
Avotaynu, 1993.
History and etymology of Jewish surnames in Russia and surrounding
areas

But don't neglect the JewishGen Names infofiles (>from home page
click on infofiles, then names) which include:

Jewish Given Names - Slide Presentation
Names of the Jews (Preliminary FAQ)
Bibliography on Jewish Given Names
Jewish Given Names Databases
Alternate Surnames in Russian Poland
--
Happy Hunting!
Phyllis Kramer, NYC & PBG, Fla
PhyllisKramer1@att.net
VP, Education, JewishGen, Inc.
researching (mostly Galicia):
STECHER, TRACHMAN,>from Zmigrod, Dukla, Krosno
KRAMER, BEIM, WISNER >from Jasienica
SCHEINER, KANDEL, SCHIMMEL >from Strzyzow, Dubiecko
LINDNER, EICHEL >from Rohatyn (also Iasi, Romania)