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Re: Origin of Riha surname?
Posted by: Zuzana Travnicek (ID *****4589) Date: December 29, 2004 at 13:47:48
In Reply to: Origin of Riha surname? by Raquel K. of 48


i´m sort of a Riha too, czech in addition..., and, as a special bonus :-), i study czech language at university, and am especially going into anthroponomastics in the last months.
Riha (actually Říha is correct in czech, and its pronunciation is to be described in a special enclosure...) is an old czech pet form of Rehor, more precisely ad more czech: Řehoř, what is the czech variant of Gregor. this famous name (that was given to the poor little samsa in kafka´s metamorphosis, eg...) comes from the greek word "gregorius" what means "alert", "open eyed", "wakeful", "watchful", "wide-awake". so we could translate Riha simply as Greg. and in czech, lots of common first names turned into surnames after some time. (just like in english, right?)

well, the lecture´s over, dear children :-) hope this will help you a littttttle. have fun discovering Rihas (a pretty common surname here in czech rep, a propos...)

-is the old czech variant of Susannah, originally Shoshannah what is hebrew for "lily", just by the way :-)

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