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Posted 2010-01-18 12:33 (#74295 - in reply to #73792) Subject: RE: Name Origins
Nevertis - 2010-01-04 11:50 PM
It can be that surname Runkis comes from Lithuanian word RANKA, meaning HAND. Ilionis family lived in Kaunas in 1935.
As a user who interests in surnames you made 2 mistakes. First, there is no such surname as Ranka. There is nothing unique in it. Exists such Lithuanian surnames: Rankelė (Smallhand), Berankis (Handless). Second, huge mistake is such: in standard Lithuanian word for hand is ranka, but the word runka is dialectism and is used only by people whom are named as puntininkai by linguists. And these Lithuanians live some 200 km northwest from Šilalė and Tauragė...