Subject: Re: surname Smetana
Author: Andy ;—)   (guest)
Date: November 21, 2004 at 11:10:50 PM
Reply to: surname Smetana by Francis Jameson
It means "cream" in Czech. It is also related to the German word "Schmetterling" (butterfly), as this insect is said to go for cream (I've never seen a butterfly lick cream, though). In the south (east) of Germany you will find "Schmetten" (cream) as a dialect word. I think the word (and the name) found its way to Germany through the Sorbs.

Andy ;—)
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