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Posted 2015-05-09 00:52 (#96510) Subject: Old Prussian town, now in Klaipeda Country?
After years of searching, I have finally succeeded in putting together some basic information about our family name, which we were always told was German. I now know that we are, in fact, Old Prussian descendants, and the original form of the surname was Kapka. Recently I was told through contacts in Prussian "clubs" that there used to be a village by the same name in Memelland. (Our great-grandfather came from Memel, so this makes sense.)
I understand that the place names in that region went through Germanization, then later, Lithuanization, so tracing the Prussian place names could be very difficult. Is there any hope someone might know about this village, and where, exactly, it is, or was, located? Could anyone provide an etymology of this name, or any other information about it?