I am looking for information to help explain the endings of Latvian names.The names are on a document I received from the Latvian archives on the birth dates of my father and his parents.My understanding is that most Latvian male names end in “is” or “s”.Female names often end in “a”.I read that endings may change to show the possessive case.The information is from the birth and baptismal register “Gertr?des bazn?ce R?g?” 1900.
My grandmother’s maiden name is Anna P?tersone.Her parents are listed as namdara Kri?a P?tersona un Lizetes.
1. First thing I note is the two endings in the uzv?rds; an “e” and an “a”.Why the “a” on her father’s sir (family) name?
2. Namdara.I translated this as carpenter. Was it customary to give the father’s occupation?