Today’s Surname Saturday name is RudzÄ«tis!
This Latvian name is the diminutive of “rudzi”, which means “rye”. It is a relatively common surname, found in many Latvian parishes, including BauÅ†i, Galgauska, DauguÄ¼i, KrÄslava, LÄ“durga, LimbaÅ¾i, Nabe, Sece, Sidgunda, SkaÅ†kalne, StopiÅ†i, Taurupe and Umurga.
Rye is a popular Latvian foodstuff, its most popular form being rye bread, which is a Latvian staple food. Though I have yet to see anyone with a surname meaning “rye bread”!
RudzÄ«tis is also the surname of my genealogy fiction heroine, Aila RudzÄ«te, “RudzÄ«te” being the feminine form of the name. You can read her first adventure in short story form here, and if you see promise in a series of novels featuring this genea-fiction heroine, then please support my Kickstarter which is raising funds for the production of the first novel!