Anonymous asked: Hi there! I'm so glad to see a Tumblr dedicated to the Basque! I am only a 1/6 Basque, (1/4 Spanish as well) but I'm still interested in the Basque ways, because my Granddad was originally from Basque Country and then moved to the UK. I am trying to find any history on the surname Olascoaga. Is it a common name with the Basque's? I'm guessing you aren't some historian. ;) Just any help with that name would be lovely.
Exactly, we aren’t historians or anthropologists! ^_^. As we said, and this is for everyone reading this so please pay attention, if you aren’t sure whether your surname is Basque or not, just go here and type it: http://euskaltzaindia.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4169&Itemid=799&lang=en. If the search finds it, then it’s Basque.
Anyway, Olascoaga with a C is an ancient spelling, nowadays that letter doesn’t exist in the Basque language. It’d be Olaskoaga now.
"Oilasko" means "chicken" in Euskara and scholars think the suffix -aga (very very common in Basque toponymy and surnames) means "place" or "abundance". That is, Olaskoaga = place of chickens.
That said, we think is quite common (we have heard it before), not the most usual, though, but yeah ^_^.
It’s “diente de león" (lion tooth) or "meacamas" (bed pisser) in Spanish. Yeah, dandelions rock. ^_^
Dolphins (<3!!) in Matxitxako.
Anonymous asked: Hi. I recently learned that I am heavily of Basque ancestry and, since I live in the United States of America, I don't know much if anything about Basque Country. I was wondering what some good ways for me to learn about the culture are (other than this amazing blog of course). My grandmother says I act more like a mixture of Basque and Greek than anything else (important to me since I'm a melting pot of ancestries).
Here’s a wonderful site with info about art, history, science, etc. It’s in Spanish though (we don’t know if you understand this language): http://www.hiru.com/temas-de-estudio
In English, we recommend you this article of the Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basque_people. Wikipedia it’s always tricky, but it’s a nice and quite wide introduction to Basque culture.
Also, “The Basque history of the world” by Mark Kurlansky, it’s a must-read book.
If you have any more doubts, please don’t hesitate and write! ^_^