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post #2617 of (permalink) Old Jan 6th, 2014, 08:35 PM
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Re: Kaia Kanepi Cheering Thread!!!

Originally Posted by hardball View Post
I bet Kaia barely speaks Russian.

The history of family names here is complex, due to rule by different countries. Lots of Russian, Swedish, German and original Estonian as well as Estonianised names. There was also a period when Estonian names were Russified.
Interesting discussion about Estonian names on last page !

I remember Estonian Fed Cup captain Rene Busch. That`s a German surname.
Also Jürgen Zopp has a German surname. Erika Hendsel, Anett Schutting too.

I also found many Estonian former WTA players on ITF site with German surname: Birgit Burk, Kristina Grünberg, Helene Holter, Barbara Kvelstein, Sandra Kvelstein, Helina Lill, Katri Miller, Monica Peets, Heike-Brit Ross, Merike Stamberg. BTW "Berg" = "mountain".

Estonian former ATP players with German surname I found on ITF site are: Rauno Gull, Allar Hint, Alexsander Jürgens, Sven Kasper, Markus Kerner, Mikhel Koppel, Peeter Lamp, Hendrik Lutter, Heggert Meier, Redt Reimal, Simmo Sommer, Sten Sumberg, Kaarel Tramm, Gert Vilms, Fredi Voormann, Viljar Zilmer.

Originally Posted by chingching View Post
BTW, what is an original Estonian name. I can identify the Swedish, Russian and German ones quite easily but not so much the others. Like Ani and Rüütel seem Estonian but is Kontaveit German? She looks kinda German in particular her Dad...
Kontaveit could be an Estonian surname

As far as I know Kontaveit is not a German surname. At least I have never heard this surname here. I also have not heard anything similar.

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