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    Question Are/were Parts of Southern Bohemia Germanic?

    Are there parts of Bohemia (the western portion of where present day Czech Republic is located) whose pre 20th century inhabitants would have been considered racially or ethnically more similar to peoples from Germanic lands such as Germany rather than Eastern Europe?

    Specifically I think these might have been located in the southern part of the region (Bohemian Forest), and other areas along the outer rim, perimeter area of Bohemia which belonged to Sudetenland and upper Austria. I think one of them might be called Trebon. I recall there were millions of ethnic Germans who fled from their homes in what is now part of Czechoslovakia after World war II.

    See map below, they're the areas in gray.





    I think this map dates to 1938, but my question is, were these areas populated with Germanics before that?

    If your ancestors came from these parts of Bohemia, is it safe to assume it is likely the they are of a Germanic ancestral origin rather than a Slavic Czech origin? Perhaps they have a little bit of both.



    The term Bohemia derives from Boihaemum, which includes the prefix Boi- ( from Boii, a Celtic tribe), and the Germanic xaim- meaning "home". This "Boihaemum" region included southern Bohemia and also Bavaria, which also derives from the Boii tribe.

    Does this indicate that the early southern Bohemians and Bavarians are related to each other or ethnically similar, and were hence Germanic?

    I find that Bohemia is difficult to research because many of the articles pertaining to it are in Czech(some are in German), and because my ancestral village is there but not much is written about it. And get this, it also keeps records, but only up to 1880 (maybe these were kept, but they aren't digitized yet), making it difficult to find an ancestor who was born there after that date.

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    Sudetenland

    Bohemian kings invited German colonists to settle the forested border areas of Bohemia & Moravia during the Middle Ages. The region was Germanized by 1400 so the grey (German) areas on your map had been Germanic for 500 -800 years before WWII.

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