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Origin of name Gdov[edit]

Oudova in Estonian language, Outova in Finnish language. The Russian version has developed from these, originally Vatja language name. Gdov was connected to Narva with one of the very first automobile buss lines in Russia offering public service in 1913. See offical timetable Nr.51. Departure from Gdov (Doma of S.I.Mironov) at 10.45 arriving to Narva (Station Square) at 15.15. (Connection to Revel - St.Petersburg train Nr.14). Departure Narva (Station Square) at 04.50 (after the arrival of passenger train Nr.11 from St.Petersburg). Arriving to Gdov at 09.20. (Doma of S.I.Mironov). There was also train connection to and from Revel. Gdov had a large Estonian minority at least to 1936.—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Just for the record. The English name of "Vatja language" is Votic (their own name was: vaďďa tšeeli), and Revel is an old Russian name of Tallinn. The Estonian minority (including my grandmother), I think, was there until 1940s when most of them left for Estonia. There was an Estonian school, possibly until 1936, but it was either closed by the authorities or at least the teaching language was changed into Russian. The original dwellers in the area may have been speakers of Votic or some similar language; I think most of the Estonian minority were descendants of peasants who moved there in the middle of 19th century, as there was some free land. Another point. I had a look at the Russian wikipedia and they have a whole section about the etymology of the name. I don't think the name is likely to be of Fenno-ugric origin: for example, the Russian wikipedia refers to a town in southern poland with an almost identical name: Gdów (there is an etymology section in that article in the Polish wikipedia too - but I don't understand Polish). Lebatsnok (talk) 06:53, 25 September 2014 (UTC)