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Nazewnictwo kobiet w starostwie grabowieckim w XVIII wieku
The Names of Women in the Grabowiec District in the 18th Century

Author(s): Marek Olejnik
Subject(s): Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Anthroponymy; women; Polish-Ukainian borderland; Grabowiec
Summary/Abstract: The share of morphological means in creating female personal names depended on whether a woman was single (a maiden), married, or a widow, or what social layer she came from. The names of gentry maidens were mainly derived from formants -ówna, and -anka. The most popular formant in the formation of feminine surnames among the gentry, both in case of married and single women (maidens) in the examined area, was the paradigmatic formant -a added to male surnames ending with -ski. Such personal names were used first of all to refer to wives and widows. Differences in the nomenclature of women from non-gentry and gentry are visible in the resource and frequency of the applied word formation means. The paradigmatic formant -(sk)a, characteristic of noble women, occurred among townspeople and peasants exclusively in the 18th century, and it is a derivate of changes in the nomenclature of men. What differentiates both non-gentry states from the privileged layer is the use of formants: -icha, -ka, and the paradigmatic -a.

  • Page Range: 395-410
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: Russian, Polish, Ukrainian