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Sometimes during year 1997, I received several e-mails
This is the legend as it has been told to me by my father:
In the times of fading Osman
Empire at the end of 16th century (another version speaks about "the
second besiege of
This is the story (in fact, one of several versions), but unfortunately, the historical truth does not seem to be so romantic, though my father swears that there is a record in the church registry of Hluboka about the baptism of Turk named Kolafa in 1595. Antonie Kolafova, a cousin of my father, made thorough investigations in old documents like church registries. In her letter of 1976 (in Czech) (preserved thanks to my uncle Vaclav Kolafa) she does not mention this story, but gives a lot of historical data instead. In brief:
The first record with family name Kolafa
was found in the registry of the Hluboka county (estates) in village Busanovice.
It is dated 1490 - yes, before
The family name series (but not the pedigree) of my family can be followed since the times of the Thirty Years War (1618-1638) from Hlavatce as "Kolaffa grunt". The grunt (farmland) was bought in about 1659 by Matej Krivacek, who accepted the name according to the farm. He was my [grand*8]-father. And something at least a bit romantic: double wedding. On January 20th 1788, Jakub Kolafa married Alzbeta Kostkova, a widow, and his brother, my [grand*4]-father Vaclav Kolafa, married her 17 years old daughter Anna.
Kolafa is not too frequent name in the
I have heard that in old Greek, [kappa omicron lambda
alpha phi iota zeta omega] (or something like this) means "I slap (sb.
into a face)" (or something like this). It could via Aramaic become a
Turkish name ... and eventually via an Osman solder
be imported to