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Names of Bohemian Families

BAYER KARL PITTNER SCHUSTER
BECHER KICKSTEIN PLATZ SEIGENER
BREHM KOHALOTTA PLESCHER SITTAUER
DOBNER KOPERA PODLESAK SOUKUP
FISCHER KREIM RAUCH STILLER
FITZTHUM KRIPPNER RAUNER STOLSBORD
FRITSCH KROHN REISIMA STRAKA
GAUGA LEDERER REMIGER TOLHOPF
GLATZ MASCHEK RUSSEK TURNWALD
GRUBER MATHIOWITZ SCHEDEWY VLACH
HARTZEREN MEISER SCHEIDLER WACKER
HEIDLER MENZL SCHINDLER WECH
HENDL MULTRUS SCHISCHKA WENZLICK
JEDLICKA PANKRATZ SCHOBER WIRTH
JESENSKY PAPESCH SCHOLLUM WOLLER
KAES PAUL SCHOTT ZANK

There are SURNAME spelling variants on various early documents. One such family is PODLESAK (BOTELSAK, POTTLESAK or PALISAACH.)

Over time, some of the original settlers Anglicised their Christian Names preferring ‘John’ rather than Johann, ‘Lawrence’ instead of Lorenz, ‘Margaret’ instead of Margarethe and there were others.

Names of those associated by marriage to them

ADARE DENNIS JONES MOFFAT
AMUNDSEN DEVEREUX JOYCE NATH
ANDERSON DINSDALE KENNEDY NOAKES
AUSTIN DYKE KING OAKES
BATTEN EDWARDS KIRKHAM O’KEEFE
BEDEN ENGLEHART LAMBERT OTTO
BELL-SMITH ERICKSON LAVERTY PARK
BENES FAGAN LEES PULHAM
BERGER FITZPATRICK LENNAN RAYNER
BILLING FLYNN LEWIS RICE
BOGUE FOX LEYLAND ROIGUARD
BREGMEN GATHERCOLE LOGAN ROACH
BROWNING GERAGHTY LOGUE ROCKFORD
BRUNTON GERRARD LONGDILL RYAN
BURNS GLEYE MASON SANDERSON
BURROW GOPPERTH MASSON SCHMIDT
BUTT GOTTSCH MAULE SCRIVEN
CASSIN GRACE Mc CATHIE SHAW
CHRISTMANN GUTHRIE Mc GRATH STONECLIFF
CLUNE GYDE Mc KENNA SULLIVAN
COLLINS HAUESLER Mc PHEE TITFORD
COSGRAVE HORNE MEAD TURNER
CRONIN HORRIGAN MEALE WATT
DAHLBERG HUTCHINSON MEALEY WEBBER
DALY JAMIESON MEANEY WOODS
DANSEY JOHNSTONE MILLAR ZIARNO

Surviving Bohemian Names

The first Eghalanda pioneers arrived in 1863 in Puhoi, and shortly afterwards several other families settled in the Ohaupo-Te Rore district in the Waikato. Of the 49 original Bohemian family names, only 26 seem to have survived, the remainder having for one reason or another vanished due to marriage, not having children and a few moved completely away at an early stage without a trace.
Apart from the passengers on the first ship, the ‘War Spirit’ (l863), there were those on the ‘Liverpool’ (l866), the ‘Queen Bee” (1872), the ‘Friedeberg’ (1875) and the ‘Shakespeare’ and ‘Terpsichore’ (1876). Those 6 ships were not the only vessels that brought passengers for Puhoi (or Ohaupo). Other families, more especially those leaving from Germany came independently of the earlier groups and still others came via Australia.

The following original Puhoi BOHEMIAN surnames still appear either locally or elsewhere in New Zealand.
BAYER; BECHER (BECKER); BERGER; FITZTHUM; HENDL; KARL; KRIPPNER; MULTRUS; PAPESCH; PAUL; RAUCH; RAUNER; REISIMA; REMIGER; RUSSEK; SCHEDEWY; SCHISCHKA; SCHOLLUM; SOUKUP (SEACUP); SITTAUER; STRAKA; TOLHOPF; TURNWALD; WECH; WENZLICK and ZANK

Of the remaining surnames these seem to have disappeared:-
DOBNER - married a German immigrant in 1864.
FRITSCH - 2 sons born respectively in 1890, 1893 but no details after that time.
GLATZ – 3 daughters married and name gone.
GLEYE - at Ohaupo, a German immigrant married Catherine TURNWALD and the name appears to have died out with the marriage of their daughter to Charles RAYNER. The daughter died in 1948.
GRUBER – 3 daughters married and name gone
HEIDLER – 1 daughter married and name gone.
JEDLICKA - 2 boys born in 1881 and 1893 who could have carried on the name but no details available. Two girls are known to have left NZ probably for England as it is known that one is buried there. The family was still in Puhol c.1880.
JESENSKY - Returned to Germany in the 1890's
KAES - gone in the 1880s through intermarriage. The name ENGELHARDT came into the KAES family through marriage. 3 sons no known descendants.
KREIM - no details available.
KROHN - Charles KROHN married Theresia SCHUSTER. The name KROHN has since disappeared through marriage. 1 son no known descendants.
PANKRATZ – 5 daughters married and name gone.
PITTNER – 2 daughters married and name gone.
PLATZ – 3 sons but no known descendants.
PODLESAK (BOTELSAK) - 4 girls of that name came to NZ, Three married into local Eghalanda families, one married a Scot and went to the South Island. A fifth sister did not come to NZ but married a SCHISCHKA in Bohemia and went to the USA.
SCHOBER - married and name gone.
SCHEIDLER – 2 sons but no known descendants.
SCHOTT – 3 single girls married and name gone.
STILLER – remained single and died during World War 1.
VLACH - was single and was accidentally killed shortly after arrival in 1863.

(Regarding those with ‘no known descendants’, the Society would always be very pleased to receive further information.)