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What is the meaning of Shatun when applied to Russian family names?

Шатунов is a possessive form of Шатун, and Шатун is a noun derived from the verb шатать(ся), meaning тот, кто шатает(ся). This verb has the literal meanings "to rock", "to sway", ...
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Were Russian surnames in the 19th century just nicknames or actual person’s name?

Let’s say a person born in the 19th century had the name “Mikhail Shatunov”, does the surname “Shatunov” mean a nick name or does it mean that an actual person named “Shatun” was his father/...
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On the etymology of Чубайс

Googling this name finds many web pages that claim that Chubais is a Latgalian surname referring to a "small, malicious house spirit". (Latgalians were a very small ethnic group that have ...
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What is the meaning of Shatun when applied to Russian family names?

Не медведь гризли, гризли не живет в Евразии - а обычный бурый медведь, но это между прочим. Конечно, "шатун", хотя и используется для медведя, который не впал в спячку(во второй раз), ...
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Sergei Rachmaninov or Rachmaninoff

The composer was advertised as Rachmaninoff, signed autographs as Rachmaninoff, and has Rachmaninoff on his tombstone. I think his personal preference is clear.
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