Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 1 decade ago

Is BLASHKO a Polish name?

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  • Tina
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    1 decade ago
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    Blashko is probably a variant spelling for Blasko and it could be Polish but Geman seems more likely..

    Blasko Name Meaning and History

    Croatian, Slovenian, and Slovak (all Blaško): derivative of the personal name Blaž, Slovak Blažej, local pet forms of Latin Blasius, with the diminutive suffix -ko.

    Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

    Blasko Surname

    The distinguished surname blasko is derived from the Czech given name "Blazej," which is itself derived from "Blaise," an old Roman family name which was originally a byname for someone with a speech or gait defect. The name was popular in Europe due to the fame of St. Blaise of Armenia, and became popular under a number of forms as both a surname and a given name during the Middle Ages.

    Spelling variations of this family name include: Blazek, Blasko, Blazej, Blasik, Blaszczyk, Blazow, Blasovics, Blaskovec and many more. First found in Bohemia, where it is thought to have first emerged. The earliest known bearer of the name was Conrad Blascke, who was living in Kassel, Germany in 1380. The young blasko family played a major role in the early history of the region, and contributed greatly to the development of medieval Bohemian society.

    Blasko Surname

    This surname of BLASKO was a French, Italian, Swiss, Polish and German, medieval given name BLAISE, originally rendered in the Latin form BLASIUS. This is an old family name originally a byname for someone with some defect, either of speech or gait. The name was borne by a Christian saint martyred in Armenia in 316, whose cult achieved wide popularity, in particular as the patron saint of carders, by virtue of the fact that he was 'carded to death' i.e. his flesh was scraped off in small pieces with metal combs. During the 17th century surnames were brought to Britain, North America and southern Africa by French Huguenot exiles. The Huguenots were French Protestants, and in 1572 large numbers of them were massacred in Paris on the orders of Queen Catherine de'Medici. Many of the survivors sought refuge in England and elsewhere. Although the Edict of Nantes (1598) officially guaranteed religious toleration, persecution continued, and the Edict was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685. It was then the trickle of emigration became a flood. Many migrated to England, while others joined groups of Dutch Protestants settling around the Cape of Good Hope. Others sailed across the Atlantic to establish themselves in North America. The name has numerous variant spellings which include BIAGI, BIASI, BIALIS, BLAES and BLASS. A notable member of this name is BIAS (6th century BC) native of Priene in Ionia, famous for his pithy sayings and one of the 'Seven Wise Men' of Greece.

    See the European distribution map for the surname Blashko:

    And the World distribution map for the Blashko surname:

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