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    Poliwoda

    Does anyone know the origin of the surname Poliwoda? Some say it is Russian, others say Polish. I was once told it was Ukrainian, but i'm not really sure about any of these. If anyone has any idea, I would appreciate the help.

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    Re: Poliwoda

    According to this:
    http://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/lastnames/9591
    it is Ukrainian. In Russian and Ukrainian it would be spelled Поливода.
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    Re: Poliwoda

    I think it might be Polish, given the spelling with a "w" rather than "v".

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    Re: Poliwoda

    It depends,
    In the past Ukrainian names were transliterated according to a Polish style transliteration, so for example someone with the surname Шевченко would be written Szewczenko. For example when Ukrainians came to Britain after WWII, their names were transliterated this way into 'English'.

    Since the name is Ukrainian it would be better transliterated as Polywoda / Polyvoda, since standard translit. of Ukrainian и is y. Ukrainian i is transliterated as i in English.
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