Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A point of minor interest

The name of the prosecutor in the cases of People v. Santana, Vasquez and People v. Griesa struck my fancy. I looked it up.

I found that Vacek is an interesting name that is studded with glory. It also has a musical connection to Christmas.

According to, Vacek is a Czech name that derives “from a pet form of the personal name Václav, Old Czech Veceslav (cognate with Polish Wieceslaw, Latinized as Wenceslas). It is composed of the Old Slavic elements viece ‘greater’ + slav ‘glory’. It was borne by a 10th-century duke of Bohemia who fought against a revival of paganism in his territory, and after his death became patron saint of Bohemia.”

The name Vaclav, a name closely related to Vacek, should be well known to those who followed events in Poland’s "Velvet Revolution."

Vaclav Havel


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