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Hrvatska and Croatia[edit]

Does anyone know why Slavic languages have a very different name for Croatia? Most of the time the Slavic and Germanic languages look a bit like eachother especially with the names of countries but here absolutely not. Does someone perhaps know why? Mallerd 20:47, 13 March 2007 (UTC)

Most Slavic words entered German through Polish or Czech contact (or entered Slavic vocabulary from German that way). However, the name Croatia comes from the Latinized form. I find the adjective Croatinus in a 1283 legal document from Dubrovnik, written in Dalmatic Latin. The native Croatian name for the country is Hrvatska (compare the Hungarian surname (Horvát, "the Croat"). In short, the German spelling differs in this case because it entered via Latin, rather than entering directly from Slavic contact. --EncycloPetey 19:14, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
Thank you very much. Interesting these things Mallerd 17:11, 29 April 2007 (UTC)


I saw Lithuanian translation as Chorvatija, I'm pretty sure such word never existed, and even if it did, everyone calls it Kroatija now, so I'm changing it. --Zig 15:20, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

I am sure that erasing Chorvatija is some sort of political intrusion in linguistics, since the Russian influence is clearly visible (Хорватия). Please, do not engage in expurgations of words, just because they are uncomfortable. If there are forsooth Lithuanian examples of the use of Chorvatija, then it should be præsent here as well. The uſer hight Bogorm converſation 15:24, 8 March 2009 (UTC)