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About the Topić surname

This might be of interest to people wanting to know where the name Topic came from. The usual interpretation is that it is of Turkish origin and that the Turkish word means 'lame' or short footed. There are other theories depending on which part of Croatia/Bosnia-Hercegovina or Serbia the name is from. For example, some say that the name originated from the Albanians. Other say that it was changed from other surnames. I guess the only way to find out is to do a records check. One look at the Turkish language can perhaps help. The suffix, "ić" means 'son of". Thus, logically, at least, one can break up the surname into "Top" and "ić". Based on this, and looking at the Turkish language, the name would mean son of a cannon or queen or gun or fairy. Top in Turkish means ball, cannon, gun, queen or fairy. What is interesting is that 'topa' in turkish means the same thing (cannot, ball, pellet, queen, fairy). Only the word 'topal' means cripple or lame. So, if the surname is of Turkish origin and it mean 'lame' then why would it not me topalić? Linguistically that sounds fine. Based on folklore, based on Turkish dictionaries, I say that the name Topić means son of cannon. Or, if you like, son of a gun!