Subject: Re: Austrian surnames: Jelem and Jelemensky
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: September 10, 2007 at 5:40:10 AM
Reply to: Austrian surnames: Jelem and Jelemensky by Tony Bettfuehr
Nothing certain, but two possibilities to consider re Jelem
i. a variant of jelen, "deer", which is Czech, Polish, and doubtless other Slavic languages. Could the end have been changed in some dialect form? I have to say I don't feel confident about this.
ii. there is a Czech place name, Jelm, which is very like Jelem. There's also the Czech word jilm, meaning "elm".
Jelemensky has to be Slavic, and is likely to be from a place name, but I haven't found it.
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