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What surnames in Ukraine were given to people who were despised: examples

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Some Ukrainian surnames were given to make fun of a person's shortcomings

Ukrainian surnames sometimes reveal the peculiar sense of humor of the people who gave them. They once started as nicknames and later became legalized in documents.

OBOZ.UA talks about a group of surnames that indicate that neighbors knew about a certain flaw in a person and emphasized it. Initially, they had a dismissive and mocking connotation, but nowadays, their bearers are sometimes even proud of them.

The first bearer of the surname could be constantly reminded of his habit of taking anything that was lying around, telling lies, or reaching for a glass. Such patronymic names were based on certain habits and character traits, shortcomings, and even crimes.

Liar, Brekhunenko, Brekhunets - a person who is prone to telling lies and deceiving;

Valuyko - a careless, careless person;

Vertiukh - on the contrary, someone who is too lively;

Vagabond - a homeless person who earned his living by begging and petty theft;

Zabara, Zabarenko - someone who was always late;

Zadira, Zadirenko, Zadiraka, Zadirko, Zadirnyi - a man who was quick to get into a fight or even provoke it himself;

Zlyi, Zlenko, Zloba, Zlobenets, Zlobenko - an unkind, cruel person;

Krykun, Krykunets, Kryklii, Krychenko - a person who either spoke loudly or was angry and often broke down in tears;

Licho, Lyshenko, Lyshuk - a poor or disadvantaged person, or someone whose arrival was associated with misfortune;

Nalyvaiko, Nalyvaichenko - someone with a passion for looking into a glass;

Rascal - a cunning person capable of deception, meanness, fraud;

Svystun, Svystyak, Svystenko - a surname given for the habit of whistling frequently, which could annoy others;

Skorobrekh, Skorobreschuk - a person who tried to hide the fact that he was telling a lie by speaking fast, or simply spoke very fast and incomprehensibly;

Tyukhtii - a lumbering, clumsy person, or someone who is not very smart;

Shlapak is the same as Tyukhtii, in fact, these words are synonymous.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA told you about surnames that come from words that are no longer used in the language.

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