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Re: Kurbegovic and Muratagic
Posted by: Robert Jerin (ID *****9128) Date: December 03, 2004 at 19:43:47
In Reply to: Kurbegovic and Muratagic by susan of 705


Sorry I can not tell you about the idividuals except they were evidently of Islamic faith. The surnames are derived from Turkish words:

MURATAGIĉ, Murat is a male given name meaning gift or desire, ag from aga which is a civil leader in Turkey, the ic ending meaning son of.

KURBEGOVIĉ, kur meaning courtship, beg from Turkish bey meaning military officer and again the IC meaning son of

Husniya from Hüseyin - grandson of Muhammed

Ziba could be from the Turkish Sahiba - Beautiful, charming, pleasant

Asima, feminine form of Asim, meaning protector

Alija (Croatian sp of Aliyah) meaning to ascend

Hatidja not certain but it may be f. form of Hatim, determined

Ifeta again not sure but could be f. of Afif, chaste

Mujo even though Mujo is a very popular name I am not certain of the meaning.

The folks are descended from Slavs who lived in the region before the Ottoman invasion in the 15th century. It was around that time that surnames were being developed, as the Ottoman required collection of taxes and military conscription thus the need for surnames...

A search at finds several hundred hits for each surname.

Both names are found in various counties of Bosnia phone book.

Neither name is found in Ellis Is records

Robert Jerin
Croatian Heritage Museum
Cleveland Ohio

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