Product details

  • Language: Slovenian
  • Year of publication: 2020
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Binding: Hard
  • Issue Date: 01.06.2020
  • Publisher: Goriška Mohorjeva Družba Gorica
  • Author: Tino Mamić


The book Priimki provides a detailed explanation of the origin and meaning of 86 surnames, and together with their variants 96, mostly originally Primorska surnames, which can be found all over the country and around the world.

The author's basic starting point for this extensive and professionally in-depth research work, as he spent many hours in various archives, stems from the direct fact: people carry surnames all their lives, the meaning of which we often do not even know. The surname itself can tell us a lot about our distant ancestor, whose name we do not yet know. The oldest surnames in the world originated in the Venetian Republic, followed by some Slovenes in Trieste and Istria. Slovenians have surnames that are among the oldest in the world, older than German, English and French. These surnames, many of which are still alive today, are discussed in the present book.

The author, who is also professionally engaged in genealogy and the production of family pedigrees, tackles the linguistic interpretation of an individual surname with well-founded theoretical approaches. We usually get several explanations for each surname as to how it came to be. If we add the historical to the etymological research, we can find much more about an individual surname: where it originated and also why it originated.

The book is based on articles by Tin Mamić, published in the Gorizia weekly Novi glas, in a very popular column on Primorska surnames. Most of them are from Vipava and Primorska, but also others. The editor of the newspaper Jurij Paljk, who also contributed an introductory article to the book, says: “Mamić quickly managed to address our readers with his notes, they called the editorial office several times and asked for a surname. Mamić and arranged with him for a family tree, a survey of his family. Above all, there were many who asked if and when Tin's book with surnames would be published. '