Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Origin of "Kentosh"

  1. #1
    Новичок
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    США
    Posts
    9
    Rep Power
    10

    Origin of "Kentosh"

    My last name, Kentosh, is supposedly changed from a Russian name.

    Any idea what my original surname should be? The two possibilities that I can think of are "Кентовcкий" and "Кентович" - do either of these seem possible?

    Спасибо!

  2. #2
    Почтенный гражданин
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Ottawa, ON
    Posts
    379
    Rep Power
    9

    Re: Origin of "Kentosh"

    Quote Originally Posted by fishfanatic368
    My last name, Kentosh, is supposedly changed from a Russian name.

    Any idea what my original surname should be? The two possibilities that I can think of are "Кентовcкий" and "Кентович" - do either of these seem possible?

    Спасибо!
    You won't be able to figure out the original name this way. There is way too many possibilities. So called Russian names in many cases were adopted from other languages. Your name sounds to me Hungarian or maybe Czech. Having said that, there was a famous Russian or should I say Soviet scientist with the last name Келдыш.

  3. #3
    Завсегдатай Scorpio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Moscow, Russia
    Posts
    1,505
    Rep Power
    12

    Re: Origin of "Kentosh"

    Quote Originally Posted by fishfanatic368
    My last name, Kentosh, is supposedly changed from a Russian name.

    Спасибо!
    I can't ever think of Russian name sound like it. The only thing coming to my mind is McIntosh -- but, regrettably, it's Irish name.
    Кр. -- сестр. тал.

  4. #4
    Властелин
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Invalid City!
    Posts
    1,352
    Rep Power
    12

    Re: Origin of "Kentosh"

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpio
    Quote Originally Posted by fishfanatic368
    My last name, Kentosh, is supposedly changed from a Russian name.

    Спасибо!
    I can't ever think of Russian name sound like it. The only thing coming to my mind is McIntosh -- but, regrettably, it's Irish name.
    Nah, it's Scottish, the McIntosh clan comes from Invernesshire.

  5. #5
    Завсегдатай
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Северо-Восточный Администритивный Округ.
    Posts
    3,471
    Rep Power
    14
    If i may, Hijack this thread for my own personal uses for just 1 moment please.

    My last name is Kerby. Most of my grandparents were Irish, British, and Welsh. Some arriving in America as late as the 1920s. Some comming as early as the 18-Somethings. I've been told that the name Kerby comes from old english "Kirk" (church) and well, by (by). Meaning "By the church". So in essence, someone a long time ago who was probly really cool and rode 12 arabian horses and had gold plated knight armour was in my family and lived in england by some really cool church that he probably owned was named Kerby (Kirby). Does this sound plausable? If anyone in the UK, or who has some knowledge of old english be so kind as to enlighten me of my heritage.

    Also, it looks to me that the old english word for church "Kirk" very closely resembles the moderd german word Kirche. I know at one time English and German were the same languages and it is very interesting to be able to see the evolution of the two of them just by 1 word that also just so happens to be in my name . Aren't I special.
    Вот это да, я так люблю себя. И сегодня я люблю себя, ещё больше чем вчера, а завтра я буду любить себя to ещё больше чем сегодня. Тем что происходит,я вполне доволен!

  6. #6
    Властелин
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Invalid City!
    Posts
    1,352
    Rep Power
    12
    'Kirk' isn't actually archaic. You're right in that it was a Middle-English word for 'Church', but it it is still in use in Scotland (where it was never superceded in Lowland Scots or Modern Scots English by the word 'church' at all and remains normal usage), and some parts of Northern England (where it's more of a colloquialism or archaism). As such, it makes an appearance in literaly thousands of Scottish and English place names and surnames. As far as I know, 'Kirkby' just means 'a village with a kirk'.

    So, yeah, it's more than plausible.

  7. #7
    Завсегдатай
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Mowcow, Russia
    Posts
    1,957
    Rep Power
    12

    Re: Origin of "Kentosh"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeM
    You won't be able to figure out the original name this way. There is way too many possibilities. So called Russian names in many cases were adopted from other languages. Your name sounds to me Hungarian or maybe Czech. Having said that, there was a famous Russian or should I say Soviet scientist with the last name Келдыш.
    I also thought that it sounded like Hungarian, however, a short Google search has shown that the name Kentoš is indeed Czech, at least it occurs a lot in pages writted in Czech language. Келдыш, by the way, comes from a family of Lithuanian Tartars.

  8. #8
    Завсегдатай
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Северо-Восточный Администритивный Округ.
    Posts
    3,471
    Rep Power
    14
    Awesome @ Scotcher

    Thank you very much.
    Вот это да, я так люблю себя. И сегодня я люблю себя, ещё больше чем вчера, а завтра я буду любить себя to ещё больше чем сегодня. Тем что происходит,я вполне доволен!

  9. #9
    Почтенный гражданин BabaYaga's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Europe
    Posts
    610
    Rep Power
    10
    Quote Originally Posted by scotcher
    'Kirk' isn't actually archaic. You're right in that it was a Middle-English word for 'Church', but it it is still in use in Scotland (where it was never superceded in Lowland Scots or Modern Scots English by the word 'church' at all and remains normal usage), and some parts of Northern England (where it's more of a colloquialism or archaism). As such, it makes an appearance in literaly thousands of Scottish and English place names and surnames. As far as I know, 'Kirkby' just means 'a village with a kirk'.

    So, yeah, it's more than plausible.

    Perfectly correct - apart from the fact that it is originally Middle-English.
    It's a Viking word (they were everywhere), that's where the Middle-English got it from. As a matter of fact "Kirkeby" in (modern) Danish still means exactly what Scotcher said, "town with a church", and there are several small towns or villages with that name.
    It's also a pretty common surname in Denmark.


    So it looks like you have Viking blood.


    BY
    Ой, голова у меня кружится |-P ...... and my brain hurts too....

  10. #10
    Завсегдатай
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Seventh
    Posts
    4,113
    Rep Power
    15
    Quote Originally Posted by Dogboy182
    If i may, Hijack this thread for my own personal uses for just 1 moment please.

    My last name is Kerby. Most of my grandparents were Irish, British, and Welsh
    Wales is in Britain.
    Ingenting kan stoppa mig
    In Post-Soviet Russia internet porn downloads YOU!

  11. #11
    Завсегдатай
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Северо-Восточный Администритивный Округ.
    Posts
    3,471
    Rep Power
    14
    Sorry i don't live in the UK. As far as I knew wales was something seperate with its own language. Thank you for... schooling me.
    Вот это да, я так люблю себя. И сегодня я люблю себя, ещё больше чем вчера, а завтра я буду любить себя to ещё больше чем сегодня. Тем что происходит,я вполне доволен!

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 14
    Last Post: March 24th, 2010, 04:03 PM
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: March 16th, 2010, 12:13 PM
  3. How to say "Bless our home" and "Happy Holidays" in Russian?
    By Ruby Daniels in forum How do you Say... in Russian?
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: December 19th, 2009, 03:29 PM
  4. Origin of "же"?
    By Phobia in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: May 29th, 2006, 06:42 PM
  5. Origin of "Немецкий" (German)
    By Sleepy in forum Russian Names
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: November 16th, 2005, 07:29 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


Russian Lessons                           

Russian Tests and Quizzes            

Russian Vocabulary