What surnames were given to musicians in Ukraine: the common ones even nowadays

Alina MilsentLife
History of Ukrainian surnames

Modern Ukrainian surnames traditionally originated from nicknames derived from first names, place of residence, profession, appearance, or character. Surnames can tell us a lot about the role of ancestors in society.

Linguist Yurii Redko said in his study Modern Ukrainian Surnames that surnames often reflected professional activities. Some surnames indicate that there may have been musicians among the ancestors.

Let's start with the most obvious one: the surnames Spivak and Pivets directly hint that one of the ancestors had a good voice. Pivets, by the way, comes from the sexton-psalmist, popularly known as the "church singer."

The surnames Regenchuk and Reent (and all their derivatives) are associated with singing in a choir, based on the word "regent," or conductor.

The old Ukrainian surname Skomorok (or Skomorokha) comes from the name of the artists of Kievan Rus known as skomorokhs. However, according to another version, it may indicate a person from the village of Skomorokhiv.

All the derivatives of the surname Muzyka - Muzychenko, Muzychuk, Muzychka, Muzenko, Muziuk, etc. are, of course, related to the art of music.

Many surnames originated from musical instruments - perhaps some ancestor played the violin: Skrypchenko, Skrypachenko, Skrypnyk, Skrypets, Skrypka, Skrypchuk, Skrypiuk, or other musical instruments:

  • Cymbalist,
  • Cymbalist,
  • Bandura,
  • Sopivnyk,
  • Dudar,
  • Sopilchenko,
  • Kozbar,
  • Bassistyi.

The surname Hudak also has musical origins and originated from the Lemko dialect.

There are also humorous "musical" surnames: Darmograi or Likhograi.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA told what surnames people gave to thieves and swindlers.

Subscribe to OBOZ.UA channels in Telegram and Viber to keep up with the latest events.

Other News

Secrets of making delicious broth

Why add banana peels to broth: an unexpected life hack

You can also add them when baking meat
Which subject is superfluous? Quick puzzle to determine the level of IQ

Which subject is superfluous? Quick puzzle to determine the level of IQ

Try to find the right answer in 10 seconds