|Researching the surname Sagevicius, from the Vilkaviskis/Pilviskiai region of Lithuania.
Family name originated in 1813 when a survivor of Napoleon's army settled near Birzai, Lithuania.
Approximately 20 members of this family came to Waterbury, CT between 1882 and 1914.
Associated family names:
Rugienius, from the Prienai/Klebisku area, immigrated 1894-1906
Gailiunas, from Vabalninkas near Birzai, about 1908
Slavinskus, from the Vilnius area, about 1907
Many of the Lithuanian names listed have variant spellings. Most of the original names were in Polish, then as Lithuanian nationalism grew, many changed their names to the Lithuanian versions. Others anglicized their names.
The Lithuanian "J" is pronounced as a "Y", on old letters you will find New York as New Jorkas. Some Lithuanian names that started with J were then written with a Y. Jesaitis became Yesaitis.
Lithuanian name have specific endings, first names ending in as are masculine as opposed to a, feminine.
Sagevicius - Male, Sageviciene - Married woman, Sageviciute - unmarried woman.
|The Sagevicius family of Lithuania
Updated August 31, 2001
Edward John Sedgwick
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