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Polish & Prussian/German town name cross-reference.

Kent Threads: 5
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  ♂   Apr 11, 2008, 02:38pm  #1

Does any one know of a good cross reference for Polish towns that may have been renamed under Prussian/German occupation? I have found several town names on documents from that period that I can not find on todays maps. Either the towns no longers exist, changed their names or the document is using the Prussian/German name on the document.

Thanks


Kent Threads: 5
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  ♂   Apr 11, 2008, 08:56pm  #3

Thanks Polonius3, this will be very helpful.

Slovicgirl     May 1, 2010, 04:36am  #4

My great grandparents came from Prussia. Great Gr father last name was "Prain" probably prehn originally but don't know. His wife Great Gr mother last name was "Unka" maybe "Yonka" question:1. Are Prussians part Russian? 2. Is "Unka" a Russian name?3. How about "Prain"? 4. What are Prussians, part Polish, Russian and German? Appreciate any help Slovicgirl

skysoulmate Threads: 24
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  ♂   Edited by: skysoulmate  May 1, 2010, 09:22am  #5

Slovicgirl:
My great grandparents came from Prussia. Great Gr father last name was "Prain" probably prehn originally but don't know. His wife Great Gr mother last name was "Unka" maybe "Yonka" question:1. Are Prussians part Russian? 2. Is "Unka" a Russian name?3. How about "Prain"? 4. What are Prussians, part Polish, Russian and German? Appreciate any help Slovicgirl

I'll just answer the Russian question...

Prussians are definitely not part Russians - if anything they're Germans.

It's a simplified answer as the original Prussians no longer exist. They were Baltic people related to the Lithuanians and Latvians (NOT Russians).

The region is pretty much split between Poland and Russia today but has been it's own country for many years and the capital was Königsberg which today is called Kaliningrad (Królewiec i Polish). For a very long time Prussia was also part of Germany. Confusing enough? Welcome to European history... ;)

Prussia is the English term. In Polish it's called Prusy and in German it's called Preußen.

Then


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Just check out this link below and maybe it'll help...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prussia

Bratwurst Boy Threads: 8
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  ♂   May 1, 2010, 09:55am  #7

skysoulmate:
Welcome to European history... ;)


Heh:)

AdamKadmon Threads: 26
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  ♂   May 1, 2010, 01:38pm  #8

There is a name of a tree which is purely polish, i.e. spruce, sonding 100% Polish and meaning literally coming form Prussia.

This is what about the word origin says etymology:

Spruce: lit. "from Prussia," from Spruce, Sprws (late 14c.). Spruce seems to have been a generic term for commodities brought to England by Hanseatic merchants (beer, board, leather, and the tree was believed to have come from Prussia.


Also in Norman Davies's book God's playground: a history of Poland
The name of the spruce tree is supposed to derive from the Polish words z Prus 'from Prussia'

Stache     Jan 29, 2013, 10:14pm  #9

Prussia is definitely NOT part of Russia. All Germans from Pommerania, East Prussia, West Prussia, Schlesien, and Brandenburg were called Prussians. Prussians are GERMAN.

ShortHairThug Threads: -
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  ♂   Jan 29, 2013, 10:46pm  #10

Stache:
Prussians are GERMAN

The Baltic Prussians are long gone.


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