Subject: Re: Gamarnik
Author: Mark Alejski   (Authenticated as malejski)
Date: January 27, 2019 at 10:15 AM
Reply to: Re: Gamarnik by thegriffon

Must be Hamarnik as opposed to Hamornik, as the second syllable is stressed here (unstressed o is pronounced somewhat like an a). The Ukrainian pronounciation is hah-MAHR-nick, the Russian would be gah-MAHR-neeck. Looking at the Russian Wikipedia articles of famous Gamarniks I realized that all of these people were both Jewish and born in Ukraine. This lead me to suspect that the etymology is probably Yiddish. I also stumbled upon the actual article of the surname's etymology. It turns out that it is either from German/Yiddish Hammer, so a metalworker or smith. Alternatively, it could be from Aramic, Gamr, meaning "Study". Hope this helps.


Amateur Onomastician with a particular interest in Slavic and Anglo-Saxon names.

This message was edited by the author on January 27, 2019 at 12:08 PM

Messages in this thread:
  • Gamarnik - HailCthulhu  Dec 30 2018, 11:23 AM
    • Re: Gamarnik - thegriffon  Jan 4 2019, 11:22 PM
      • Re: Gamarnik - Mark Alejski  Jan 27 2019, 10:15 AM