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  • #346274

    Anonymous

    Hi, can you help? I’ve got told that ‘Bernatowicz’ is a Polish surname of Rusyn/Ruthenian origin. Thanks

    #430355
    Boris V.
    Boris V.
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    @dedushka

    Bernatowicz is a Germanic/Slavic mix surname. It derives from Germanic “Bernhard” which means “Bear” + “hard” while the “wicz” part is Polish (or Slavic in general) and it means “son of”. Thus the surname meaning is son of Bernhard.

    There is over 1172 people in Poland with Bernatowicz name. As for Rusyn/Ruthenian origin, it has the same meaning and same origin. 

    #430357

    Anonymous

    So does this mean that I possibly have Germanic heritage? Thanks for the reply 

    #430354
    Boris V.
    Boris V.
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    @dedushka

    Yes and no, you never know why one of your ancestors got such surname or changed to it. Maybe he was Slavic but during the population listing he got a Germanic variant of surname because Germanic cultural influence on the area in given time. (in comparison Ottoman language and surnames among south Slavs due to invasion and cultural influence of the time). So it could be million of life stories how one got to it. 

    #348951

    Anonymous

    However, I also heard that the surname might be of Sorbian/Wendish origin. What do you think?

    #362623
    Boris V.
    Boris V.
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    @dedushka

    Well given the fact Sorbs/Wends have a heavy degree of intermixing with Germans and many also Germans having Slavic roots all these Germano-Slavic mixing certainly could have resulted in such a surname, wouldn’t you agree?

    #367172

    Anonymous

    So that’s a yes?

    #367328

    Anonymous

    In Croatia you have surname Bernatović, mostly in Slavonia. According to some, Bernatović is Croatized surname of Hungarian Bernat, Bernath etc. which derives Bernard, which derives from… @Perun  explained :D @Bartkowiak maybe you should look for some “Hungarian” connections…

    #367330

    Anonymous

    Ah, well my family did come from Eastern Poland/Galicia. Which did belong to Austro-Hungary. Who knows?

    #367331

    Anonymous

    Here you go, maybe that is the answer, but i think “who knows” is much appropriate.

    #367332

    Anonymous

    Could it also be of Catalan/French origin? It’s a popular first name there.

    #367333

    Anonymous

    Ignore my previous post. I heard that I could have Slovenian roots though.

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