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Subject: Re: Does anyone know?
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: April 20, 2007 at 2:17:29 AM
Reply to: Does anyone know? by Keith
There does seem to be a dearth of information on Holke.
I'm guessing it's one of those Germano-Slav names (wish I had a less clumsy description for them). The -ke ending is a regular feature of German surnames of Slavic origin, i.e., Hubke, Jerschke, Jobke, Krupke. As for the meaning, I'm tempted to associate it with a Czech name that was discussed on the list a few weeks ago, Holyk. The meaning of this name was ambiguous, but something like bald, or shaven, or hairless.
I have found a Sorbian place name, Hola, which is known officially by the German name Haide. So Holke might be based on a place name.
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  • Does anyone know? - Keith  Apr 18 2007, 3:26:05 PM
    • Re: Does anyone know? - Jim Young  Apr 20 2007, 2:17:29 AM