||Jim Young (guest, 220.127.116.11)
||September 25, 2008 at 6:35:50 AM
||Skibo by John
Following your suggestion -
I find Skibo, also spelt Skibó, as a surname in the US from Hungary. I haven't found anyone with either of these spellings in Hungary, but found Szkibó there. I assume that this is the original spelling, SZ is pronounced like S in English.
So we can conclude that the surname is Hungarian, with the spelling altered to suit Anglophone tastes. As for the meaning; I can't connect it to any forename or place name, and a Hungarian-English dictionary lists no such, or similar, word. I refer you back to my earlier posting which mentioned the Polish surname, Skiba. I think that the word Szkibó may come from one of the neighbouring Slavic languages. Many Hungarian surnames are magyarised versions of German or Slavic names, as Hungary a century ago accommodated several substantial minorities within its borders.
The Polish Skiba means "ridge", i.e., is locative.
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- Skibo - John Sep 24 2008, 5:06:29 PM
- Re: Skibo - Jim Young Sep 25 2008, 6:35:50 AM