Subject: Re: Origin of Surname Borza
Author: Sean Foglai   (guest)
Date: November 21, 2006 at 6:44 PM
Reply to: Re: Origin of Surname Borza by Sean Foglai

Although if it is Slovakian ...I'd guess it may be related to the common Slavic name, Boris ...hence...

Russian: apparently in origin not of Slavonic etymology, but from the Tartar nickname Bogoris “small”. It was later, however, taken to be a shortened form of Borislav, composed of the elements bor battle + slav glory. The name was borne in the 9th century by a ruler of Bulgaria who converted his kingdom to Christianity and sheltered disciples of Sts Cyril and Methodius when they were expelled from Moravia. The name was also borne by a 10th-century Russian saint, son of Prince Vladimir of Kiev and brother of St Gleb. It is as a result of his influence that Boris is one of the very few non-classical names that the Orthodox Church allows to be taken as baptismal names (although the saint himself bore the baptismal name Romanus). Pet forms: Borya, Boba.

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