Mystery Monday: Zuhalo

Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn’t yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name’s origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish to browse other Mystery Monday names, there is an index.

Today’s name is Polish — or at least, it occurs in a Latin record from Poland, and it isn’t obvious Latinized, so it’s most likely a representation of some genuinely Slavic name or Slavic spelling.

We have no idea what. Do you have any thoughts? If so, please share in the comments!


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One response to “Mystery Monday: Zuhalo

  1. Brian M. Scott

    I’m not sure that we know what the name actually is. Johannes Voigt, Namen-codex der deutschen Ordens-Beamten, Hochmeister, Landmeister, Grossgebietiger, Komthure, Vögte, Pfleger, Hochmeister-Kompane, Kreuzfahrer Söldner-Hauptleute Preussen, gives it as Zuhalo (Quhalo). A footnote in Codex Juris Municipalis Germaniae: Medii Aevi : Regesten Und Urkunden Zur Verfassungs- Und Rechtsgeschichte Der Deutschen Städte Im Mittelalter, ed. Heinrich Gottfried Philipp Gengler, says that Quhalo is probably a printing error and gives the variant as Euhalo. And Zeitschrift des Westpreussischen Geschichtsvereins, Issues 22-26 silently corrects Voigt’s Quhalo to Ouhalo.

    Whatever his name, he became Komthur (or Kommenthur) of Zantyr for the Order in 1251 and was followed in that office by Wasmuth in 1252, Conrad v. Thierberg in 1267, Hermann v. Schönenberg in 1272, Dietrich in 1276, and Heinrich in 1280. All of these successors have Germanic names, and given his position, I’d expect him to have one as well.

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