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Family name affixes are a clue for surname etymology and can sometimes determine the ethnic origin of a person. This is a partial list of affixes.

Prefixes

Suffixes

  • -s (Dutch, Irish) "(son/daughter) of". Sometimes less recognizable, like in "Hendrickx" (son/daughter of Hendrik)[citation needed]
  • -tzki, -tzky (Polish) – phonetic Germanized spelling of original Polish -cki[citation needed]
  • -wala (Indian) denotes the occupation or place of origin (Occupation example: Batliwala – one who deals with bottles. Place example: Suratwala – one from Surat)[citation needed]
  • -wan (Indonesian) denotes a male name[citation needed]
  • -wati (Indonesian) denotes a female name[citation needed]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Normativa". Universitat Illes Balears. 
  2. ^ a b c Votruba, Martin. "Last Names in -ák". Slovak Studies Program. University of Pittsburgh. 
  3. ^ a b Votruba, Martin. "Last Names in -ík". Slovak Studies Program. University of Pittsburgh. 
  4. ^ Rixner, T.A. "Handwörterbuch der Deutschen Sprache". Vol. 1 A-K, Page 290. 1830 Sulzbach / Germany.