Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Explaining Ukrainian Surnames

Very interesting!! This is part 1

Part 2

Part 3 - she mentions writing part 3, so if anyone sees it please share with me so I can share with everyone. It's unfortunate she has not linked her pages so I doubt she will link the 3rd one either.

My husband's paternal grandparents originated in Galicia, so I'm interested as I've done some research on them. They came from a small town called Hawrylak slightly north west of Gorodenka/Horodenka. The grandfather's name was Alexander SANDALACK [no clue what the origins were]. The grandmother was Annie SWYSTUN which seems to be more accurate. In part 2 above, she mentions Swystun as being 'one who whistles'. The family members all had the same picture of an older Ukrainian couple which I will post if I can ever figure out how to make it a reasonable size. We have zero knowledge regarding this couple - not who they are, nor where it was taken, nor when. Any help would be appreciated.

I also just noticed Wikipedia also chimes in on this subject at


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