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Re: Origin of Riha surname?
Posted by: Nancy Riha Gibson Gordon (ID *****9180) Date: January 04, 2005 at 23:05:48
In Reply to: Re: Origin of Riha surname? by Zuzana Travnicek of 48

Zuzana,

Thank you for your very nice explanation of the Riha name. Can you elaborate on some of the stories I've heard?

1) The pronunciation begins like Za Za Gabor's first name, that is, Zee-ha. I can't even think of an English way to spell the sound, which is between a She and Jee. Also, do you know if there is such a name as Piha, as my paternal ancestor Frank Riha is buried side-by-side with Jan Piha, both names carved on the same memorial stone. I'm wondering if Piha became a penmanship statistic of Ellis Island name-maiming, or if it's a valid Bohemian name. Would you be able to comment?

2) I have read one researcher's paper tracing the meaning of the name Riha to the idea of "stomach ailment." With liver cancer running rampant throughout my ancestral generations, I was drawn to believe the paper. Would you also be able to comment on this?

3) I've read Germany holds a tremendous population of people with Riha surnames. Is this true? If so, can you shed any historical emigration patterns on the subject of Rihas?

Finally, my daughter has also studied the Czech language and visited the Czech Republic (among other regional countries) as a research writer for "Let's Go" travel publication. Her father was a Nekolny. After that, it wasn't easy ridding herself of the fantasy to leave the known world to become a sheep farmer in the Czech Republic!

Where do you live and go to school? How are you "sort of" a Riha. You sound so smart. Hope you don't mind all these questions. Best wishes with your studies.

Sincerely, Nancy [Klus, Novotny, Carazinski, Przybylo] Riha


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