Subject: Re: What does my maiden name mean?
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: September 27, 2007 at 7:30:04 AM
Reply to: What does my maiden name mean? by queenv
It's safe to assume that this name is Slavic, and that it derives from the forename Pavel, Paul in English. The ending looks Ukrainian or Rusyn, pretty much the same thing except that the Rusyn are found in various adjacent countries. So it probably means you descend from a man named Pavel, and that your ancestors were Rusyn, also called Ruthenians, living in Czech or Slovak territory.
Here's a website which mentions your surname -
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