Subject: Re: surname Shevchenko or Shewcenko
Author: James Young   (guest)
Date: November 14, 2004 at 5:26:11 PM
Reply to: surname Shevchenko or Shewcenko by James C.Colombo
Shevchenko denotes the descendant of a shoemaker (shevts). -enko is a common Ukrainian surname ending. The literal meaning is "little", but as a surname ending it indicates descent, i.e., Matyushenko, "descendant of Little Matthew",(Have you seen Battleship Potyomkin?). Kravchenko means "descendant of the tailor", as does Kravchuk. The ending -chuk has the same meaning(s) as -enko.
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