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Subject: Origin of a few surnames
Author: Bronislava   (Authenticated as ToveTer)
Date: June 3, 2008 at 6:02 AM

* Pevzner (also written Pevsner)
- A Jewsish surname - I've found a little information about it, but I'm not sure it is accurate http://genealogy.familyeducation.com/surname-origin/pevzner

*Gertsenstein
- Again, a Jewish surname

*Vitukhnovsky
- Another Jewish surname. May have Polish/Belarus rooths.

*Pritsker
- A Jewish surname.

*Goldenstern
- Why would someone get called "golden star"? Has it something to do with Judaism's symbol, the Star of David?

*Dunets
- Bearers I know named this live in Russia.

*Matskevich
- Most likely Polish. I know that -evich is similar with "English/Scandinavian" -son, but son of who, in case of Matskevich. Something Matthew-related?

*Metzner
- Not Metzger, Metzner. A German surname.

*Roller
- German.

*Björklöf
- Bearers come from the Swedish-speaking minority of Finland. Since "Björk" means "birch" in Swedish, and "löf" might be a Scandinavian form of Leaf, does "Björklöf" mean simply "leaf of birch tree"?

Thanks! You'll be great help if you know something about any of these surnames! :)



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