Medvedjek, Loški Potok

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Medvedjek
Medvedjek is located in Slovenia
Medvedjek
Medvedjek
Location in Slovenia
Coordinates: 45°36′22.8″N 14°42′15.49″E / 45.606333°N 14.7043028°E / 45.606333; 14.7043028Coordinates: 45°36′22.8″N 14°42′15.49″E / 45.606333°N 14.7043028°E / 45.606333; 14.7043028
Country Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
Traditional region Lower Carniola
Statistical region Southeast Slovenia
Municipality Loški Potok
Elevation 958 m (3,143 ft)

Medvedjek (pronounced [mɛˈdʋeːdjɛk]; German: Bärenheim[1][2] or Bärnheim[3]) is a former village in the Municipality of Loški Potok in southern Slovenia. The area is part of the traditional region of Lower Carniola and is now included in the Southeast Slovenia Statistical Region.[4] Its territory is now part of the village of Trava.[5]

Name[edit]

The name Medvedjek and names like it (e.g., Medvedjek, Medvedce, Gorenje Medvedje Selo) is relatively common in Slovenia as a toponym, microtoponym, and oronym. The name Medvedjek was originally *Medvedjak (< *Medvědьjakъ), derived from the personal name Medved, which is still a Slovene surname. The surname Medved is based on the identical common noun medved 'bear'.[6] The German name Bärenheim, literally 'bear's home', is semantically similar.

History[edit]

Medvedjek was an independent settlement before the Second World War. A sawmill operated in the settlement.[2] In 1890 it had a population of 107. In 1971 the settlement consisted of only two houses, one housing a state hunting official and another housing a forestry worker and his family.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leksikon občin kraljestev in dežel zastopanih v državnem zboru, vol. 6: Kranjsko. 1906. Vienna: C. Kr. Dvorna in Državna Tiskarna, p. 42.
  2. ^ a b Simonič, Ivan. 1935. "Kočevarji v luči krajevnih in ledinskih imen." Glasnik Muzejskega društva za Slovenijo 16: 61–81 and 106–123, p. 72.
  3. ^ Ferenc, Mitja. 2007. Nekdanji nemški jezikovni otok na kočevskem. Kočevje: Pokrajinski muzej, p. 4.
  4. ^ Loški Potok municipal site
  5. ^ a b Savnik, Roman, ed. 1971. Krajevni leksikon Slovenije, vol. 2. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije, p. 246–247.
  6. ^ Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, pp. 257–258.

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