Gorenjska surnames: How and why the surname Gerjolj was created, as well as Grjol and Gerjol

Gorenjska surnames: How and why the surname Gerjolj was created, as well as Grjol and Gerjol

On Fridays, Gorenjski glas publishes a new column entitled Gorenjski priimki. It is prepared by history professor Tino Mamić, author of the book Surname, their origin and meaning. So far, the surnames Naglič, Nagel and Starman have been described. Today is the second part of the article on the surnames Gerjolj, Grjol and Gerjol. Today, however, it will be the turn of the surname Lombergar.

Gerjolj is a Pograj surname that originated on the border between Notranjska and Gorenjska. Therefore, it is found in both provinces. It is a kind of endemic, ie exclusively Slovenian surname. We find it in three versions. Among the well-known bearers of this surname is Adolf Gerjol (1915-2002), an athlete and dentist from Ljubljana, where his father had an inn. During the wars, Dolfe Gerjol was a player of the Slovan football club and a member of the Ljubljana national team. After the war, he lived in Škofja Loka, where he founded the Partizan sports club. The most famous is the dean of the Faculty of Theology in Ljubljana, dr. Stanko Gerjolj (1955), who holds a doctorate in theology, pedagogy and psychology. He is a priest and a member of the Lazarist order. Gestalt brought pedagogy to Slovenia, which treats man as a whole.

Gorenjski glas began to be published in 1947. It has a picture of Gorenjska, Slovene haste next to its name, which is also connected with the first described surname. The director and editor-in-chief is Marija Volčjak. The company Gorenjski glas also has its own printing house in Kranj, which is considered to be of high quality, has its own portal Gorenjskiglas.si, and also publishes a number of local newspapers. The voice comes out in Kranj on Tuesdays and Fridays. It is the most important Gorenjska newspaper, with a circulation of 19.000 copies and a readership of 65.000 readers. The newspaper is on sale in newspaper stores, and the price of a copy is 1,85 euros.

“Surnames are our identity. Each surname has its own story, just as each genus has its own story. Finding the roots is important, because it also raises self-confidence, ”says the author of the column.

More about his book can also be found in the TV show: KLIK

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Marina Bratina

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