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Subject: Re: Looking for Czech Surnames
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: March 9, 2018 at 12:55 PM
Reply to: Looking for Czech Surnames by Bleuette

Fascinating - this type of name:
Navrátil - he returned
Musil - he had to(?)
Dostál - he kept his word
Doležal - he had a rest
Stojespal - slept standing
Pospišil he hurried
Vyskočil - jumped out
Nevčerel - got no supper

I should add that I don't know Czech, so the translations are as I read them.

"... the common verbal names ... might well be fossilised remains of what had once been funny incidents in the lives of certain individuals.
(Sir Cecil Parrott, "The Bad Bohemian", a biography of Jaroslav Hašek)

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