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kenndeb

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Americanization of names
« on: November 02, 2007, 09:41:17 AM »
My grandfather's name on my father's baptismal certificate was "Athanasiy" (? "Afanansiy") but he  used the name "Frank" for everything else. Any correlations between the Russian given name and the Americanized version?

Also, what are variations of the surname Isajev? Isaev appears more frequently.

Thank you for your help!

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Re: Americanization of names
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2007, 10:21:37 AM »
Hello,

There are no correlations between the names Afanasiy (Athanasiy) and Frank at all. Your grandfather chose that name to make the pronunciation easier for Americans. For instance, my name is Timur and it is a little bit difficult for American people to pronounce it, so they call me Tim. The same thing with your grandfather.

What's for the difference between Athanasiy and Afanasiy — they are the same, except Afanasiy is a Russian version of the name Athanasiy. In general, Afanasiy derived from a greek language. Ukrainian name — Opanas, Belorussian — Apanas. The meaning of the name is immortal.

Here are the variations of the lastname Isaev (it is true that Isaev is a more common form of that last name): Isayev, Isajev, Isayef, Isajef, Issaev, Issaef, Issayev, Issayef. If it is a woman, then add 'a' at the end of the last name.

I hope it helps you in your research.

Thank you.

kenndeb

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Re: Americanization of names
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2007, 10:46:02 AM »
I appreciate your prompt and thorough response!!!

One last question - is there any other American conversion or common adaptation for Afanasiy?

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Re: Americanization of names
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2007, 10:58:53 AM »
No, sorry, I can't think of any conversion for that name.

But the other important information which could help you is variations of Afanasiy: Afanasy, Aphanasiy, Aphanasy, Afanasi, Aphanasi, Afanasii, Aphanasii.

Best regards.

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Re: Americanization of names
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2007, 01:07:44 PM »
Still exploring our family's Russian heritage and have another question about surnames. Pisanka, Pisanko, Pisenka, Pisenko, Pesanka - are these needs variations of the same name? I am finding the research very challenging. Once again, thank you for your help!!!

If you have any Russian genealogical recommendations, please advise.

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Re: Americanization of names
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2007, 08:34:38 PM »
Hello,
Actually, every variation you mentioned here can be a different last name. But the pronunciation of those last names would be very similar to each other. They sound almost the same in Russian language.

What exactly are you trying to find?

Thanks.

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Re: Americanization of names
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2007, 07:25:33 AM »
may I send you an email "off-line" - would prefer to not post the details in a public forum - thank you!

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Re: Americanization of names
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2007, 07:46:59 AM »
Yeah, sure, go ahead, click on my name and you will be able to see my personal email address.

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Re: Americanization of names
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2007, 07:54:52 AM »
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Re: Americanization of names
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2007, 07:57:52 AM »
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Re: Americanization of names
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2007, 08:00:44 AM »
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Re: Americanization of names
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2007, 08:14:42 AM »
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