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Subject: Re: Origin of my surname
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: May 24, 2006 at 3:30 AM
Reply to: Re: Origin of my surname by JungKyungSoon

Looks Russian, but my guess is Bulgarian. It's almost certainly from the Greek forename Athanasios, meaning "immortal". Greek TH would become F in Russian, and Athanasios would become Afanasiy(ev). So I'd go for a Bulgarian origin, though not absolutely certain.

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