Every moldavite deposit (location) has its own name and some of the names sound really strange. How do they get their names? There is also a recording with a demonstration of pronunciation recorded by a Czech native speaker.
A great number of deposits were named after the nearest village or municipality. Sometimes they get their name after a local name for the place. Sometimes these names sound funny or strange even to a native speaker (most moldavites come from the Czech Republic).
A little more complicated situation occurs when in one location there are several deposits. Apart from the main name a specifying postscript is added to make the exact place clear. An example is the village of Besednice where several deposits are found.
Appellations of some moldavite deposits and their sense
|Czech name||English approximate translation||Meaning|
|Besednice – Ježkovna||Besednice – Hedgehog place||In the municipality of Besednice. In the deposit are found (or rather were found) moldavites with a pronounced sculpture thanks to which they are called hedgehogs.|
|Besednice u kostela||Besednice by the church||The deposit is near the church|
|Besednice u stohu||Besednice by a hay stack||There used to be a hay stack near the deposit|
|Besednice u zastávky||Besednice by a bus stop||Near a bus stop|
|Nesměň v lese||Nesměn in the woods||The deposit is in the woods in the vicinity of the village of Nesměň|
|Nesměn u prasečáku||Nesměn by a pig sty||The deposit is in Nesměň nearby a coop farm with pigs (prasečák is a colloquial name for a pig sty)|
|Chlum||Chlum||A big deposit near the village of Chlum upon Malše|
|Malý Chlum||Little Chlum||A smaller deposit near the deposit in Chlum|
|Nová Hospoda||New pub||The deposit is near a little village of the name Nová Hospoda|
|Parýz||A local colloquial name for a place near village of Dobrovská Lhotka|
|Dobrkovská Lhotka A. tzv “áčko”||Dobrkovská Lhotka A||One of some deposits nearby the village of Dobrkovská Lhotka|
What do the names sound like in Czech?