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    Default A visual exploration of the spatial patterns in the endings of German town and village names

    Via "some Polish site" I came across an interesting colection of maps of different town and village name ending in Germany:





    Do you see any correlation with historic or prehistoric tribal or political units?



    Some endings like "-ow" or "-itz" are most probably exclusively Slavic in origin:





    ... some others like "-in" of Slavic origin in some regions and non-Slavic in others.

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    Was the East much more forested ("wald" = "forest") than the West and South



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    Or the Eastern istances are related to the Slavic root "włod" ("to rule, ruler") used in names like Włodzimierz (Valdemar in Germanic version), Władysław, Vsevolod, Vladan, Władmiła, Vladivoj etc. and words like Polish "władca" ("master", "ruler"), "władza" ("power", "authority", "dominion", "lordship").
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wojewoda View Post
    For comparison map of place names in Poland with "-ów" (blue colour) i "-owo" (red colour) endings:



    See also map "-ew" (blue) i "-ewo" (red) endings:





    Quote Originally Posted by Wojewoda
    For comparison map of place names in Poland with "-ice" endings:



    Quote Originally Posted by Wojewoda
    For comparison map of place names in Poland with "-ina" (blue), "-yna" (red) and "-ino", "-yno" (green) endings (unfotunately I haven't found so far maps for "-in" ending like for instance in Szczecin):

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    I think that "-in" endings in Germany:



    ... and "-ino", "-yno" endings in Poland (green colour):



    ... are related to what later became the Dutchy of Pommerania ruled by the dynasty of Gryffins:



    Quote Originally Posted by WIKIPEDIA
    The Duchy of Pomerania (German: Herzogtum Pommern, Polish: Księstwo Pomorskie, 12th century – 1637) was a duchy in Pomerania on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, ruled by dukes of the House of Pomerania (Griffins).

    The duchy originated from the realm of Wartislaw I, a Slavic Pomeranian duke, and was extended by the Lands of Schlawe and Stolp in 1317, the Principality of Rügen in 1325, and the Lauenburg and Bütow Land in 1455. During the High Middle Ages, it also comprised the northern Neumark and Uckermark areas as well as Circipania and Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

    The Dukes of Pomerania were vassals of Poland from 1122 to 1138, of the Duchy of Saxony from 1164 to 1181, of Denmark from 1185 to 1227, and of the Holy Roman Empire from 1181 to 1185 and from 1227 to 1806, including periods of vassalage to the Margraves of Brandenburg. Most of the time, the duchy was ruled by several Griffin dukes in common, resulting in various internal partitions. After the last Griffin duke had died during the Thirty Years' War in 1637, the duchy was partitioned between Brandenburg-Prussia and Sweden. The Kings of Sweden and the Margraves of Brandenburg, later Kings of Prussia, became members as Dukes of Pomerania in the List of Reichstag participants.

    The name Pomerania comes from Slavic po more, which means Land by the Sea.
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