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    Default Why do Macedonians (North) and Poles share -ski surname endings?

    I am watching North Macedonia - Poland football match and I am asking myself this question.

    Poland:

    Łukasz Fabiański
    Tomasz Kędziora
    Kamil Glik
    Jan Bednarek
    Bartosz Bereszyński
    Grzegorz Krychowiak
    Mateusz Klich
    Przemysław Frankowski
    Piotr Zieliński
    Kamil Grosicki
    Robert Lewandowski.

    North Macedonia:

    Dimitrievski
    Bejtulai
    Velkoski
    Musliu
    Ristovski
    Bardhi
    Nikolov
    Elmas
    Alioski
    Pandev
    Nestorovski
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    Interesting question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wojewoda View Post
    Dimitrievski
    Bejtulai
    Velkoski
    Musliu
    Ristovski
    Bardhi
    Nikolov
    Elmas
    Alioski
    Pandev
    Nestorovski
    Bejtulai, Musliu, Elmas and Bardhi are likely from the Albanian minority in Macedonia. Nikolov and Pandev are probably Bulgarians.
    Another question is why Bulgarian and Russian surnames ends with -ov or -ev. Most Russian surnames seem to end with -in, and the second most common is -ov/-ev.

    Of the South Slav languages this is how the surnames differ:

    Macedonian: Petrovski
    Bulgarian: Petrov
    Serb/Croat/Bosnian: Petrovic

    Slovene surnames on the other hand seem to have variying endings and often resemble Czech, Slovak and Hungarian surnames, in other words they sound stereotypically less Slavic.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_I...sters#Slovenia
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    By the way the "-ski" ending is supposed to come from proto-Indo-European -iskos.

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    Balto-Slavic: *-iškas (see there for further descendants)
    Germanic: *-iskaz (see there for further descendants)
    Hellenic: *-iskos
    Ancient Greek: -ῐ́σκος (-ískos)

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    In case of North Macedonia most of these surname were given post 1945 when the country officialy became republic. Suffix -ski was there to make distinction between Serbo-Croatian -ic and Bulgarian -ov/-ev, but before that it was used to designate place of your origins.

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    Isn't this just a common possessive suffix? I think it also remains in Germanic languages "sk" in Scandinavian, English "ish" or German "isch."

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