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Hritz from Slovakia

Robert Hritz (View posts)
Posted: 1004533584000
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Surnames: Hritz
Are you Hritz ? Write me, please

Re: Hritz from Slovakia

Posted: 1041566468000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1055098447000
Surnames: Hritz
Are you familiar with Sarisske Jastrabie, Slovakia?
My great-grandmother Maria Hritz was born there in 1855 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1890.

Re: Hritz from Slovakia

Dolores Friesen (View posts)
Posted: 1060547184000
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Is this Robert in Denver, Colorado who is my nephew? Or another Robert Hritz. Our surname came from the area near Margecany, Slovakia. It is said to be a Rusyn or sub-Carpathian Ruthenian name. At one point in history, these folks were asked to choose to be Ukrainian, Russian or Slovak and our line chose Slovak. I don't know the meaning of the name but someone has said it means the color red and that Hritzkovin means red-headed but I can't check that out.
Dolores Hritz Friesen

Re: Hritz from Slovakia

Posted: 1215691134000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hritz
Hi. No idea if you'll ever read this, but i'll try anyway. Please reply if you can :)

No, I am not from Denver, I am from Slovakia (although currently living in London, UK). My grandparents (also Hritz) came from the Kezmarok, Levoca, Spisska Bela, which are located in Spis in the northeastern Slovakia. They were in fact ethnic Germans, but they also told me that the name comes from Rusyn or Ukrainian area within Slovakia (which is farther east than Spis).

The meaning of the name is a mystery. It definitely does not mean anything like 'red' (in slovak; red is 'cerveny', in russian, it's 'krasnyj', in German, 'rot') and I know no one of my family who would have red head, unless they got sunburned or ate too much chilli :). It does not mean anything in the Slovak or German language. But there is one open possibility - the Ukrainian language does not use the letter 'G', it uses 'H' instead. So this would make it Gritz/Gric, which does remind us of the word 'Igric'.

Igric according to Slovak dictionaries is 'potulný hradný spevák a herec u Slovanov v stredoveku', roughly translated to 'wandering singer and actor in the medieval times in the Slav areas'. Note that the Slovak language is the least different from the original old proto-Slav language, from which all other Slav languages come, so we can assume that the word is known and has the same meaning across all the
Slav world, from West Poland and Slovenia to Vladivostok in the Far-East Sibir Russia. It also seems to be quite old.

Robert Hritz

Re: Hritz from Slovakia

Posted: 1217582401000
Classification: Query
My dear Robert Hritz,
if I am right, you come from Surany, Slovakia
In this case you can go on reading this email.
The name Hritz is no mystery at all. It comes from the name Gregor, in Ukraina Hrehor, and diminutive of this is Hric, german version is Hritz.
Your grandfather was born April 24, 1913.
Ludovit Hritz

Re: Hritz from Slovakia

Posted: 1220216023000
Classification: Query
Hello,
my surname is Hritz too and we do not come from eastern part of Slovakia, my grandfather came from Horne Obdokovce near Topolcany. It would be fantastic to know something about my ancestors and find some cousins :)
Does any body know something about Hritz family coming from Horne Obdokovce. But maybe some ancestors of my grandfather came from eastern part of slovakia. I dont know.

Thank you
Maria

Re: Hritz from Slovakia

Posted: 1247672852000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hritz, Hriczo
I don't know if we are related or not but I do know my family came from Slovakia and most live in PA and worked in the coal mines. I am trying to find information on them too. Great Grandfather or ggg was Andrew Hritz (Andras Hriczo) but I dont know much else yet.

Re: Hritz from Slovakia

Posted: 1344955527000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hritz, Sikorski, Dorha?
My father was born in Slovakia in 1893. His parents lived in Rolova Huta and grandparents in Margecane, sometimes spelled Margetsany. When we visited Slovakia, we came upon a Hritz Pensione but could not speak Slovak to find out much. Their Pensione was in the high Tatras. It is a beautiful place to drive through but difficult if you don't know the roads. There were quite a few Romany settlements and they were not friendly. My mother's family came from Lipany which is in the East but I have not been able to find records of her family. Their surnames were Sikorski or Sikorsky.

Re: Hritz from Slovakia

Posted: 1344959234000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hritz, Hricz, Hricko, Hritzkowin,
Most of the Hritzes I have been able to find through the internet are from the area at the foot of the Carpathian mountains. They came to the US around the turn of the century and most of the jobs available to them were in coal mines but that was a shame since many had other talents and they were mistreated by the owners of the coal mines. My grandparents lost a baby because the Pinkerton men came and tossed all the workers out of the company houses in the snow in midwinter. That baby was only a few weeks old and died of pneumonia before they could find another place to stay. There are names like Hritzkowin, Hricko, and Hricz written as they came to Ellis Island and there were frequent misspellings. In the old country, your name was what the priest wrote on your birth certificate and of course that could also be a result of some of the variations in the names. Our name was written Hritz here in the States but when I found a baptismal certificate written in Margecany, the name was written Hricz.

Re: Hritz from Slovakia

Posted: 1391461257000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hritz, Hric
My Great Grandfather was also an Andras Hric from Slovakia. He came to American with his father Michael, but his father went back to Slovakia. He died in Cleveland, Ohio. And yes, he and his family lived and worked in the "coal patches" of Pennsylvania. I too am searching for their families.
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