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[Surname] Kubay / Kubai: Does anyone know the origin or meaning of this possibly Ukrainian, Russian, somehow slavic surnames?
A geneologist's / etymologist's worst nightmare...
We're about to marry and have chosen a completely different surname but would like to find out a little background on our choice: KUBAY/KUBAI
We've scanned historic records and judging from the given names Polish, Russian, Ukrainian or something Balkan is likely.

Further, does anyone know a comprehensive way or site to check if a surname might have meaning OR mean something rude in another language?
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Kubay was my father's surname and he said it was originally Kubayov (sp?) before he emigrated here. I don't know what it means, but Kubay is also an Indian or African meat pie of some sort.

Kara means black in Turkish. Chai means tea in Turkish and Russian. And there is a tribal region in southern Russia, called Karachai, which is where my father was from.

That's all I can tell you. Good luck, and congrats!

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I'm not sure, but I think there's a possibility that the name is Hungarian. The -i suffix (and its more archaic form, -y) in Hungarian surnames is very frequent, and means something like 'from'. (So Pesti means 'someone from Pest, Pécsi 'someone from Pécs' etc.)

Kuba means Cuba in Hungarian, but I doubt it would become a surname since it's so far from my country.

Hope this helped

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