Posted 2007-05-25 18:49 (#44567 - in reply to #44566) Subject: RE: toponyms
Anyway, Velnias, this thread is about division from Kurshat's (he is prussian lithuanian) point of view, but not about various toponyms that are in Lithuania. I gave examples where is written that from prussian lithuanian point of view - we, lithuanians, were samogitians. So 50% are confirmed. I agree, that from prussian lithuanian point of view, lithuanians of Suvalkai gubernya could be named gudai due they were in Congress Poland. But, no doubt, this naming backs from earlier times.
Why is such naming? I don't know how to explain. Maybe this is due tradition when was accented political belonging, couse Samogitia was an autonomous part in Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and real Lithuania was separated from Samogitia - I don't know. Maybe, this is due other reasons.
Probably, this will be impossible writen more sources where prussian lithuanians names others as gudai, because region of Prussia which bordered with Lithuania Propria was nearly fully germanised allready in 1900. http://gauss.suub.uni-bremen.de/suub/hist/servlet/servlet.hmap?id=2... (4,8 MB)
So, logicaly thinking, it was natural for prussian lithuanians to name neighbouring lithuanians as samogitians, because the only region of Lithuania to which prussians lithuanians bordered was Samogitia!
That's all I wanted to say.