This surname of SLOVER is a Czech ethnic name for someone from Slovakia, and was originally derived from the Slavic element SLOV meaning 'to speak, to talk'. The name is also spelt SLOVAK and SLOVACEK. The Slavonic people inhabited chiefly Slovakia and south Moravia, a territory forming the eastern part of Czechoslovakia, formerly a part of Hungary. The place was settled by Slavic Slovaks during the 6th and 7th centuries and SLOVAKIA was incorporated into Great Moravia in the 9th century. It was conquered by the Magyars in the 10th century and was part of Hungary until 1918 when it became a province of the Czechoslovakian Republic; remaining as such until 1949, except for a period of independance immediately before and during World War I. The modern state of Czechoslovakia is going through a transitional phase as a result of the fall of the Iron Curtain. Its various regions encompassed the medieval provinces of Bohemia, Moravia, and Slovakia. The first two of these, where the language properly called Czech is spoken, were heavily subject to German cultural and linguistic influence from the Middle Ages onwards, being administratively a Crownland of Austria for much of the time until independence in 1918. This influence is reflected in the many Czech surnames derived from German, both from given names, and from vocabulary words. Occupational names are quite common in Czech as are nicknames, especially those referring to some physical feature. Many of the most common Czech surnames have the diminutive ending 'CEK', which is often found attached to these names. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries.
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