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Post Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:41 pm      Post subject: name ending ??
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Ran across this spelling for Samelko --Samelczanka--- If I understand, Samelkowna refers to daughter of; I was wondering what this ending means?
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Post Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:55 pm      Post subject: Re: name ending ??
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adamsam wrote:
Ran across this spelling for Samelko --Samelczanka--- If I understand, Samelkowna refers to daughter of; I was wondering what this ending means?


Hi,

It also means "daughter of". The -anka suffix is an old form usually found in records from the late 18th & early 19th centuries. The suffix morphs into -czanka in this surname for euphonic reasons. In other words, without the letters "cz" softening the sound of the surname the result would be unpleasing to the Polish ear. The -anka suffix has passed out of favor in contemporary usage.

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Post Posted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:09 am      Post subject: Re: name ending ??
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dnowicki wrote:
adamsam wrote:
Ran across this spelling for Samelko --Samelczanka--- If I understand, Samelkowna refers to daughter of; I was wondering what this ending means?


Hi,

It also means "daughter of". The -anka suffix is an old form usually found in records from the late 18th & early 19th centuries. The suffix morphs into -czanka in this surname for euphonic reasons. In other words, without the letters "cz" softening the sound of the surname the result would be unpleasing to the Polish ear. The -anka suffix has passed out of favor in contemporary usage.

Dave
Thank you for the explanation, appreciate your quick response and thorough explanation
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