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Re: Surname variations and changes: Iluk vs. Ilev / Iliv
Posted by: Hania (ID *****7112) Date: January 23, 2012 at 11:33:08
In Reply to: Surname variations and changes: Iluk vs. Ilev / Iliv by RWF of 12152

Happy New Year Richard !!!

Both Iliuk/Iluk and Iliv are Ukrainian surnames. Iliv, the rarer surname of the two, probably originated in selo Iliv > today Mikolayivskij raion> Lvivska oblast > Galicia Province??? The Austro-Hungarian Emperors encouraged Galician labor migration to Bukowyna.

To date Iliuk, the much more common surname, was/is more common to Bukowyna.

Either/or it is spelled w/one L in Ukrainian.

What we sometimes forget is that many villagers emigrating from what is Ukraine today were barely educated. The average village education during the turn of the century was 3 grades, leaving most semi-illiterate.

Many coming from Bukowyna and Galicia did not carry a passport. They used their METRYKA (Baptismal Certificate) as ID documentation.

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