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My father side migrated from Mostar to Turkey in late 18th/early 19th century and they settled near Izmir. I don't know the details of the migration but the entire village was of Bosnian origin. My great grandfather died fighting the British in Galipoli. Even today elderly people speak Bosnian. Elderly members of the family drove to Mostar in early 1980's to find any relatives but they found out that the few remaining relatives had migrated to other countries in Europe. In Turkey, they were given the popular "Ozkan" last name. Now, according to one of my uncles, my family's last name in Bosnia was something like "dvidzi". I can't find anything that resembles this last name when I google it. It is very possible that I don't have it correctly. I was wondering if anyone knows any Bosnian family names like this.
Now some information about the bosnian immigration to Turkey for those interested; Even though I currently live in the US, in my 25 years in Turkey, I met hundreds of people of Bosnian origin. I would not be surprised if more than half million people in Turkey claim Bosnian heritage. They mostly live in the western part of the country and seem to make the most western oriented group of the population. Until this terrible war, I had questioned why my ancestors migrated to Turkey but with the war everything became clear.
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