Axhanela Family History
Axhanela Surname History
This page is the home for a detailed history of the Axhanela surname, Axhanela etymology, and history of people with the Axhanela name. The Axhanela family is an old family line that has spread all across the world over the centuries, and as the name Axhanela has spread, it has changed making its etymology challenging to uncover. Axhanela family history has rich origins whose details are beginning to be understood by Axhanela family researchers.
According to the word of mouth, or more specifically the seniour members of the extended Axhanela family, the founder of this surname was a gentleman by the name of 'Nela', adressed by others with 'axha' (pronounced roughly as 'aja'), an Albanian word used as a polite address or to show respect for elderly or meritous members of the community. Hence, his descendants took his meritous title or 'axha' and his name ( 'Nela') and combined them into a surname.
Hence, Axhanela = Axha+Nela.
Prior to that, as the oral history of the family has it, Nela's surname was Canhasi, formed a few hundred years ago, and the Canhasi's themselves are belived to have originated from the famous Albanian clan of Krasniqi.
Axhanela country of origin
The Axhanela family originally comes from the Kosovan town of Gjakova, but thesedays their descendatns reside in many different parts of the world, inlcuding Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they adopted the spelling to the slavonic one (Adžanela) in order to preserve the original Albanian pronunciation, and Australia, where the descendants of the Bosnian branch of the family (Adžanela) migrated in the past few of decades.
Traditionaly they have been educators, craftsmen and landowners.
Meaning of the last name Axhanela
Axhanela is an Albanian surname composed of two words - 'axha', an Albanian word for (paternal) uncle, used amongst Albanians as a polite address or to adress elderly or the meritous members of the community, and the personal name 'Nela'.
Hence, Axha + Nela = Axhanela.
In Albanian language the noun endings change depending on the article, for example, 'axhë' = indefinite article form, 'axha' = definite article form; 'Nelë' = indefinite, 'Nela'=definite; 'Lekë' = indefinite , 'Leka' = definite article form, etc.
Given that the most common form of this surname is 'Axhanela' (the indefinite form being 'Axhanelë'), it is plausible to conclude that the name of the founder of this surname, "uncle Nela", was not 'Neli', the indefinite form of which is 'Nel' (like that of Albanian name 'Pal', for example) but 'Nela, the indefinite form being 'Nelë.
There is in fact only one version of this surname which is not Axhanela , and that is 'Adžanel' ( borne by one of the few Bosnian-residing branches of the family), but the latter does not follow the typical Albanian surname structure, as it does not have a vowel or letter 'j' at the end (some typical Albanina surnames include: Bardhi, Guri, Gjeka, Gjekaj, Gjoka, Gjokaj, Kryeziu, Lleshi, Mali, Malaj, etc.).
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Famous people named Axhanela
Fahri Axhanela, a cartoonist from Kosovo
Nationality and Ethnicity of Axhanela
Axhanela is an Albanian surname. In other words, the founders of the surname were of Albanian ethincity, although the surname today encompasses many different ethnicites. Some descendants of this family that moved to Bosnia and Herzegovina almost a hundred years ago adopted the surname to the slavonioc alphabet (Adžanela and Adžanelja) in order to have their Bosnian countrymen propounce the surname as it should sound in Albanian (pronounced roughle as: 'aja:nelya'). Furhermore, the descendants of the Bosnian branch of the family that moved to Australia some decades ago adopted the Adžanela to the English aphabet, hence Adzanela.
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Axhanela spelling variations
As the descendants of the wide Axhanela family are found today among many different cultures, the spelling may vary depending on the coutry of residence. Hence, those who have been residing in the Slavonic speaking areas have adopted the speling of their surname to slavonic alphabet in order to preserve the proper pronounciation of the surname (pronounced roughly as: aja: nelya), so their surname is written like Adžanela and Adžanelja.
The descentands of those Adžanela family members who moved to the English speaking world, where the slavonic letter "ž" ( in "dž") does not exist, had their surname trasformed into Adzanela, such as brothers Denis and Mirsad Adzanela, two of Brisbane's leading baristas, and the owners of the Capri Coffe/Bar, to name a few.