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    English equivalent to Ewan

    Hello,

    I am trying to trace back some family roots on my grandfather's side. Unfortunately he and all his brothers are now deceased so I am having to do it the hard way. What I am looking for is the first name of my great grandfather. I have two pieces of information that I think are pertinent:

    My grandfather's brother's middle name is listed as Ewan on his military service records. He was born in 1895 in or around Saratov. I believe that it is customary for males to take the name of their father as a middle name.
    My grandfather's other brother's marriage certificate lists their fathers first name as John.

    Would John be an English equivalent to Ewan?

    Thanks,

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    I believe that it is customary for males to take the name of their father as a middle name.
    Yes, it is.

    My grandfather's brother's middle name is listed as Ewan
    Well, it currently sounds like "Юэн", which reminds me of "Иван" that is definitely a Russian equivalent for John.
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    Ewan being an alternate spelling for иван seems entirely reasonable to me. w and в are pretty related.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nepokroeff View Post
    Would John be an English equivalent to Ewan?
    Yes. Hebrew name Yohanan from Bible was adopted in many countries:
    Evan, Giovanni, Hans, Juan, Hovhannes, Ian, Ioan, Ioane, Ivan, Iven, Ifan, Jack, Jackson, Jan, Jane, Janez, Jean, Jhon, Joan, João, Johan/Johann, Johanan, Johannes, Jonne, Jovan, Juhani, Seán, Shane, Siôn, Yahya, Yohannes
    "John" is english form. "Ivan" is russian form. So, as was said above it seems that we talk about "Ivan", because "Evan" is welsh form.

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    Thank you for all the responses. That is what I had hoped and what I found as well.

    I am in contact with a Russian agency in Saratov. They will do a search for me for marriage and babtismal records, etc.

    Would I be better off requesting the search using a name in Cyrillic or just stick with the English spelling using Ivan?

    Thanks again for all replies

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