I have seem alternative spellings of this name listed as

  • Samovojska
  • Samovojsky
  • Samovosky
  • Samosky

Is this a Rus surname?

What is the origin or root meaning of this surname?

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    These last names don't sound like typical Russian last names. It's likely, however, that they have Slavic roots. According to Bing Translator, the word “само/samo” means “only” and “войска/vojska” means “army” in Bulgarian.
    – Yury
    Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 0:42
  • @Yury could there be a relation to the word Шамов|Shamov? Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 4:31
  • I don't think that they are related.
    – Yury
    Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 14:05
  • This is not a Russian surname at all, Russian feminine surnames end with -aya, not with -a.
    – Anixx
    Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 16:31
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    @New Alexandria no downvote from me here.
    – Anixx
    Commented Apr 16, 2017 at 21:22

2 Answers 2


Samovojska is croatian surname.

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    – Aleks G
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 18:56
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    Part of question is "Is this a Rus surname?". So "Samovojska is croatian surname." is part of answer. One atom of information, which can be useful for author of question. Yes, it`s not comprehensive, but still useful.
    – Amber
    Commented Jul 14, 2015 at 12:03

The last one is from Poland (or Ukraine or other surround territories). The root actually refers to the native territory of this person - city or village.

usefull reference about russian last names http://www.genway.ru/lib/allfam/

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    Hello Oleg and welcome to the site. Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference.
    – Alenanno
    Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 23:04
  • @OlegButuzov I would appreciate that, too. My Russian lang. learning is very early, and your links would help me learn quicker via questions that are important to my life! Thanks :) Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 4:19
  • I found a reference to a name in the spelling of Самовский Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 4:27
  • For what it's worth, "Samoski" does not sound like a Polish name to me and a Google search doesn't seem to yield and believable Polish results.
    – ymar
    Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 16:08
  • Looks like this site is gathering statistics on last name usage and pretends that it resembles etymology of the surname. For instance Самофалов is claimed to be "50% of Russian origin, 5% - Ukrainian, 10% - Belorussian, 30% from languages of other Russian nations (tatarian, mordovian, buriat, etc.), 5% from Bulgarian or Serbian languages. This is nonsence in terms of etymology. And "the root actually refers to the native territory of this person - city or village" is standard ending of every article.
    – Artemix
    Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 13:10

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