“The Americanization of Czech Given Names”
John Bohumil Dudek is BACK! At least the right reverend Monsignor Dudek is back here at Onward To Our Past® Genealogy & History Company. Oh and he is back with a fabulous article, this time from 1925! Everyone Czech genealogy and history fan will instantly fall in love with this piece of Dudek’s work on the Czech language in America!
First we need to say a heartfelt thank you and post an acknowledgment for the courtesy we received in allowing Onward To Our Past® to have this here on our website for you at no cost!
Thanks to the wonderful folks at Duke University Press and The American Dialect Society http://www.americandialect.org we are able to bring you this copyright protected article right here at Onward To Our Past®. These organizations have allowed us to include this article here on our website as long as we provide you with the following statement of conditions and understanding:
“The article by J. B. Dudek, “The Americanization of Czech Given Names,” in American Speech, Volume 1:1, pp. 18-25 Copyright, October 1927, The American Dialect Society. All rights reserved. Republished by permission of the copyright holder, and the present publisher, Duke University Press. www.dukeupress.edu”
It is simply impossible for us to thank the staffs at both Duke University Press and The American Dialect Society for their permission to bring this often difficult to find piece to our readers.
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Before you read this article you might want to refresh your memories regarding John Bohumil Dudek by clicking here to read our background article on the wonderful work undertaken by Monsignor Dudek, this little known Czech-American priest who spent much of his career in the ‘Czech Capital of Oklahoma’, Yukon.
Now let’s get back to our current posting of the 1925 article “The Americanization of Czech Given Names”.
Monsignor Dudek has been acknowledged as the single individual who did more study of the Czech language in America than any other person. He actually spent decades of his life writing a book on the Czech language in America, but it was never published and now, sadly, it appears it has been disposed of — never to be seen by any of us. So we have to pick up the pieces and thankfully access the few portions of his work published from time to time, such as this one in 1925.
As always with Dudek, you will find the footnotes as helpful, informative, and interesting as his main text! Right in the first page, Dudek gives us a wonderful primer on the values of Czech letters and digraphs. This is a wonderful help to all of us as we struggle from time to time trying to guess how some author, newspaperman, or census enumerator might have chosen to spell a certain Czech name.
Dudek does us a wonderful favor in this work of listing for us the various American given names, which were substituted for Czech given names. Plus he provides us with lesson after lesson as to the meaning of various Czech given names. It is marvelous and you can find it all right at the link below:
This truly is one piece of research you cannot afford to miss and it is right here for you!
Enjoy and let us know what you think!
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