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    Вифлянцевч

    I would like to know if someone could help me with the family name "Вифлянцевч". I believe the english equivalent is "Viflyantsev"
    Is this correct and is should the "ч" be there or is it an accent?

    Вифлянцевч or Вифлянцев

    Thank you for your help,

    Richard

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    Russian family names are ended on -ев, -ов, that's for sure. I think somebody mixed a family name with a patronimic ending -ич.
    The family name Вифляндцев is quite a queer one, I must tell.
    May be it is from Лифляндия (old name for modern Latvia and Estonia) but distorted a little.
    Sounds rather funny

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    Russian family names are ended on -ев, -ов, that's for sure.
    Are you saying that all, most or just some russian family names end in those letters? Maybe I read that wrong, but just curious.

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    -ин (Бухарин); -ич (Макаревич ); -ёв (Золотарёв) are very common endings of the Russian surnames as well. Add -a to make feminine surnames.

    Sometimes there are double endings: -инов (Черемисинов); -ович (Абрамович ).

    Not very Russian, but very common in Russia, too: Ukrainian -енко (Макаренко) or just -ко (Мелешко); Georgian -идзе (Сванидзе) and -адзе (Меладзе); Armenian -ян (Петросян); Yddish -ер (Ганмахер) etc. They are usually both masculine and feminine.
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    The -ич ending is also not Russian, it is Polish (western slavonic) and south Slavonic. Since many Jews came from Poland (those ashkenazi jews, you know, who spoke Yiddish) these family names are considered to be Jewish, which is not correct. Especially some wierd minded anti-Semites hold this opinion.

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