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Re: Zvirac and Puskar
Posted by: Robert Jerin (ID *****9128) Date: September 01, 2004 at 19:20:29
In Reply to: Zvirac and Puskar by Amilla of 705

Hi Amilla

What is an original Bosnian name? Muslimani? Or names before the arrival of the Ottomans?

Here is a great link which gives much about the history of Bosnia-Hercegovina.

I don't know which phone book you are using but of the over 100 PUSKAR I found plenty of Muslimani names and some that may be Croatian or Muslim. Here are PUSKAR found in US phone books with original "Bosnian" names:

Puskar, Almir

Puskar, Dina

Puskar, Dzevad

Puskar, Husein

Puskar, Ilija

Puskar, Ismet

Puskar, Jadranka

Puskar, Jasmin

Puskar, Mejra

Puskar, Milan

Puskar, Milos

Puskar, Miro

Puskar, Mirsad

Puskar, Mirzet

Puskar, Rasim

Puskar, Rasima

Puskar, Safet

Puskar, Saik

Puskar, Samir

Puskar, Sanela

Switchboard is my favorite way to search US Phone books.

Also those PUSKAR you found in the phone book who have are second generation in the US it is hard to tell where they originated because they have American names now and this may even be the case with immigrants who have possibly changed their names. Also many listings only have the first initial, so who knows what their given name is!

Genealogically speaking puškar is an occupational surname meaning rifle maker.

Ellis Island shows 285 PUSKAR arrivals, of which 27 declared their race as Croatian, 0 Bosnian, 6 Servian, 103 Slovak It appears that many of those early PUSKAR immigrants came from Topusko and Perna both in Croatia. These places are Kordun or Sisak area.

Robert Jerin
Croatian Heritage Museum
Cleveland Ohio

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