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Anthroponyms: Surnames and Informal Anthroponyms
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Slavic anthroponyms, including first names and surnames, usually originate in the native Slavic lexicon or stem from the adoption of Christianity. Surnames appeared with the population growth and the development of state institutions. The emergence of surnames in the Slavic-speaking countries was a centuries-long process that varied depending on the region (earlier for Bohemia, later for Russia) and social class (with early adoption among th…

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Walkowiak, Justyna, “Anthroponyms: Surnames and Informal Anthroponyms”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief General Editor Marc L. Greenberg, Lenore A. Grenoble. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_034763>
First published online: 2020

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