Hypotheses regarding origin of Vybornys



Despite relatively large amount of data collected the problem to identify the earliest roots of the Vyborny family has not been interpreted unambiguously so far. See also Chronology of early periods page.

Below are the three main hypotheses as formulated recently by the Czech genealogist Karel Kysilka based on his extensive archive research:
A) origin from Klatovy,
B) origin as field-masters from inside of the Kutna Hora region,
C) origin from "Dvoraks" residing in the (Nemecky/Havlickuv) Brod region.

Even other hypotheses are not excluded too, however (at least the origin of the earliest Vybornys of Pisek region traceable in Berni rula 1654 should be understood).

Some of the earliest records available for MUDr.Josef(*1864) Vyborny (deposited now in The State Regional Archive Prague) have been searched thru again and re-evaluated using special experience of K. Kysilka to complete the A) and B) items.

Results obtained are inspirative because both some suggestions where to search further and an idea where to look for "the Klatovy Tailor's Book" (the genealogist's comments written in italics).

Some of the presented hypotheses need not to be exclusive only (in particular e.g. as to the "Wegborneg/Cerny" legend).






C) ORIGIN FROM "Dvoraks" OF THE (Nemecky/Havlickuv) BROD REGION

They exist multiple good reasons to assume, that the Vybornys around Nemecky (Havlickuv) Brod were from the Okrouhlice estate, having belonged to a circle of free-farmers, called Dvoraks. Their farms were located southern of the city of Nemecky Brod, on the left bank of the Sazava river. Therefore a short introduction to the history of the Okrouhlice estate is necessary.

Okrouhlice existed already in Middle Ages - a place belonging to Vilemov monastery in 1390. In 15th century the village and a small fortified house was in hands of Moravian esquire family Okrouhlicky of Knenice. As an independent estate, Okrouhlice existed until mid of 16th century, when it was united with the large estate of Svetla [Svetla nad Sazavou]. Svetla was originally a part of the estate of Lipnice castle, that included Lipnice, cities of Nemecky Brod, Humpolec and Svetla, Vetrny Jenikov, Heralec, former domesne of the Zeliv monastery, and several hundreds of villages. Since 1436 it belonged to one of the most esteemed Bohemian noble families, the Trcka of Lipa. In 1569 the estate of Lipnice was divided into three parts - one third, consisting of the castle of Lipnice, Svetla and Nemecky Brod, was inherited by Burian Trcka of Lipa. Two years later Burian sold the castle of Lipnice to Franz count Thurn. But Svetla with several dozens of villages (Svetla and surrounding villages, Smrdov, Habry and villages, Krupa and villages, villages around Brod, Chotebor, but also a farmstead Zaky near Caslav[!] ) remained in his hands. Meanwhile the city of Nemecky Brod became independent (since 1637 a free royal) city with its own small estate. To it there belonged villages of Perknov on the Sazava, Roznak, Knyk and Zbozice to the north of the city and Sucha and Svaty Kriz in the south.

In 1591 an urbar - a register of farmers and their duties - of the Svetla estate was written. Today the original of the register is missing. But there are several descriptions of the urbar from 19th century, which can help us to make a reconstruction of the original register.

Map of Pelestrov

Following settlements in vicinity of Nemecky brod belonged to the Svetla estate:

PELESTROV - a waste empty dominical farmstead with fields, forests and ponds.
ZDAR [Vesely Zdar] with 14 settled farmers. (Michal Vacku, Simon Kantoru, Pavel, Jira Kucirek, Pavel Jame, Vanek Kantoru, Jan Bublu, Bures, Hons, Matous Pavlu, Jakub Prenosil, Matej Osvaldu, Matej Soulu, Sima).
VADIN with 16 settlers (Filip, Kriz, Kuba, Sestak, Vavra Vaclav, Mates, Matej Rychtar, Vavra na Pakostove, Kaspar na Hyksovne, Havel na Praskove, Vaclav na Mysove, Kaspar, Solta Solove, Barta z Klanecne, Mates, Havel).
KLANECNA - only 3 farmers (Barton, Stepanek, Jan Kulha).
OKROUHLICE. The register says, that a village Okrouhlice and a near village of Chlistov used to be here. Neither of them exists today. There is only a LandlordÔs farm and a mill.
VESELICE with 4 settled farmers (Vanek Duben, Simon, Matous, Jira Filipu).
PODEBABY with 6 farmers (widow Jana Stepanova, Jan Holanda, Jira Simku, Simon Mlynar, Jakub Nemec, Burian of Vadin).

Besides these villages, there was a number of individual farmsteads. They belonged to those Dvoraks, a priviledged farmers, who were subjected to jurisdiction of a dominion, but had only negligible duties to the landlors. They were called DVORACI OKOLO BRODU (The Dvoraks Around Brod). They were administered by the judge DVORSKY and following farms belonged to them:

Dvorove Spalenj (burnt up farms): Vitek Marsu, Jan Vlcek,
Dvorove Panuzkowj: Salta Kocmanu
Pavel Dvur samotny [i. e. "o samote stojici" - a hamlet] Riha Bastinu
Dvur samotny : Barta
Dvur samotny: Mikulas Berka
Dvorove Ssenkgyssy: Jira z Hrbova, Jira z Suchy
Dvur samotny: widow after Lorenc Raussar
Dvorove Kylgyffy: Jira and Benes
Dvorove Klauckovy: Jan Tomanu and Gregor
Dvur samotny: Mattaus Bastinu
Dvory Kocmanovy: Mattaus Kocmanu, Jira Bartu
Dvur samotny: widow after Vavra Novotny
Dvur Niklberg: Vavra Marku, Jan Rydlu
Dvory Skrlikovy also called Smrzi dvory Hnizdovy: Jan Vitasu, Jan Valentu
Dvory Stedromovy: Matous Pansky, Partl
Dvur samotny: Vaclav Pabsik.

It is quite probable, that ancestors of Vybornys have to be looked for among these "dvoraks".

In 1632 famous Albrecht of Wallenstein was murdered in Cheb. One of his friends was Trcka of Lipa, who found his death together with Wallenstein. The emperor confiscated all the Trcka's properties, among others also the estate of Svetla. He passed over this estate to his army leaders. One of them was general Aldobrandini who received Okrouhlice, Vadin, Babice, Zdislavice, Bezdekov, Cekanov, Krasna Hora, Bonkov, Lestina, Skala and who received also the jurisdiction above the dvoraks around Nemecky Brod. Thus the estate of Okrouhlice came again into being. In 1637 Aldobrandini sold Okrouhlice to Filip Adam, count Sulms. [Vesely] Zdar was an independent estate that time. Later it was joined to Dolni Krupa and Habry and in 1670s it was again united with Okrouhlice.

The count Sulms was not interested in economical development of his property, he soon fell in debts and had to mortgage or to sell some villages. Until 1662 also the dvoraks belonged under the jurisdiction of the Lipnice estate, as a mortgage. The farmstead of Pelestrov remained waste, too. During the rule of count Solms villages of Podebaby and Chlistov probably became desolated.

There were 24 free dvoraks around Nemecky Brod in 1650s to 1670s. There are three resources from that time, which may help us with our research. The first material is from 1651 and is called: "List of subjected people according to their denomination". The second source is Berni rula and the third one the urbar of the Okrouhlice estate from 1668.

To try to compile the names of dvoraks from these three sources of information the following table could be filled-in (incl. ## of houses):


The "Dvoraks" of the demesne of Okrouhlice (Lipnice) 1650-1670

1651   1654b   1668
Vondrej Cendl (42) 20 Ondrej Jezek [?] 1 Ondrej Cendl Menousek
Vit [?] 21 Jan Prchal 2 Jan Prchal
Balcar Bastin (42) 14 Balcar Bastin 3 Balcar Bastin
Andres Najmon [?] 19 Ondrej Ratin [?] 4 Hans Partl
Pavel Pummer [?] 18 Pavel Markytan 5 Simon Kocman
Martin Novotnej 17 Martin Novotny 6 Martin Novotny [the mill]
Markus Madl 16 Marek Mendl 7 Markus Mendl
Vondrej Rydl (39) 15 Ondrej Rydel 8 Ondrej Rydl
Urban at the Mertls' (41) 10 Urban Mörtl 9 Urban Mertl
Pavel Vituv (37) gamekeeper 11 Pavel Vitu 10 Pavel Fejt(e)l alias Vitkuv
Petr Pecen (36) 12 Petr Pecen 11 Petr Pecen
Martin Valenta (36) 13 Martin Valenta 12 Martin Faltin
Pavel Pansky (42) .. Pavel Pansky (pohor.) 13 Pavel Pansky
Jirik Bartl (43)   Bartolomej Matous (pohor.) [?] 14 Jirik Partl
Jakub Duben 3 Jakub Duben 15 Jan Duben
Tomas Velik n.o. Tomas Velik 16 Matej Velyk
Samuel Novotnej (32) game
1 Samuel Novotny 17 Samuel Novotny
Tomas Dvorsky (the judge) 2 Tomas Dvorsky 18 Tomas Nejedly
  7 Vaclav Dockal 19 Vaclav Docekal
  4 Jan Riha - Tajovsky 20 Gregor Tajovsky
  5 Tomas Klofac 21 Tomas Klofac
  6 Matous Holenda 22 Matous Holenda
  8 Matej Dolezal 23 Matous Dolezal
  9 Vaclav Mlynar, the miller 24 the mill of Podebaby

If we compare these names with names from 1591 register, we can find same names/surnames in several cases: Bastin, Kocman, Novotny, Partl, Rydl and Pansky are on all the three lists.

The farmstead, whose owner in 1591 was Vaclav Pabsik, was later confiscated by the landlord and a dominical farm was organized there. This farm was later called Papsikov and after 1785 was emphyteutised and a village of Papsikov was created.

In 17th century there was no village of Smolovy. This village came into being before 1742, probably on the place of a former farmstead - the village was named Schmal-hof, in Czech Smolov (Hof in german means yard, court, i.e. home/farmstead).

Map of Smolovy

A bit mysterious is the fate of the village Podebaby. It was an old village, existing already in Middle Ages. Then it still existed in 1629, in 1651 there is a similar list of subjected people according to their denomination for Podebaby. But the following list of inhabitants - the Berni rula (the Roll of Assessments) from 1654 makes no mention about this village. The urbar from 1668 omitted the village as well. It knows only a mill of Podebaby, which belonged to 24 dvoraks as well (miller Vaclav Holenda).

For good sake of order, following are the settled people in Podebaby as per the List of subjected people from 1651:

- Burian Doc(e)kal (35)
- Matej Dolezal (33)
- Riha Tajovsky (51)
- Anna Klofac (42), perhaps a widow
- Matous Holenda (45)
- Vaclav Holenda (32) miller
- Matej "old" Slezak (51) shepherd
- Jan Tajovsky (32), farm laborer
- Burian Klofac (36) - laborer

Some of these people can also have been ancestors of our Martin Vyborny. The reason, why all the research is focused on dvoraci - it is the first marriage record, which mentions Vyborny, in [Nem.] Brod's vital registers:

25th of January 1718 Pavel Vejbornej, dvorak, was married to Anna Rydl - both Okrouhlice estate. Names of witnesses are illegible. Pavel Vejbornej - dvorak. It was not his surname, but rather a description of his status - meaning he was from the dvoraks circle.

His brother was nearly for sure Martin Vyborny, who was landlord's administrator of the farmstead of Pelestrov and died in 1753 there, aged 79 years.

The third was probably Jan Vyborny, about whom we know he was widower, when married Salomena Dusek in 1742. In this year Smolovy already existed, since Jan is recorded to have been from Smolov. His son Vaclav is named as son after deceased Jan Vejbornej from the dvoraks.

Before 1718, there is no mention of Vyborny surname on the whole estate. As expressed earlier, the Vybornys either came from another dominion (- still the (Kutna Hora trace is not forgotten), or their surname was different earlier.

Chart Dvoraks-Vybornys

At this point the first marriage registers of the parish of Nemecky Brod was searched again. If we suppose, that the Vybornys were from dvoraci and Martin was born in 1670s (1674), there is only one record that really fits with presumtions:

"3.8.1698 Martin Dvorak ze wsy Podebab vzal sobie Katerinu, vdovu pozustalou po + Pavloj Pokornym, niekdy obywateli zdejssim. U przitomnosti: Pavel Fejt, Jan Pansky, Dorota Noskova".
It can be translated as: "Aug 8, 1698 Martin Dvorak from Podebaby village married Katerina, widow after + Pavel Pokorny, once local inhabitant . Witnesses: Pavel Fejt, Jan Pansky, Dorota Nosek".

The names of witnesses confirm, that Martin was really from the dvoraci. There is only one thing, that should be explained. Did Podebaby belong to area of dvoraci?
  1.The urbar from 1668 (not stating the village itself, but only a mill of Podebaby) said, that a mill of Podebaby belonged to
  2. List of inhabitants according to their denomination listed all dvoraci under the header: Village of Veselice. Veselice is located NW of Podebaby and Podedaby NW of today's area of dvoraci (OKROUHLICTI DVORACI was a name of a municitality until 1965). It can be assumed from here, that Podebaby belonged to that area.

The marriage record does not inform us, which family Martin was from. This has to be an object of further study in birth registers of Havlickuv Brod (and Krasna Hora). It should be concentrated on all dvoraks' families there. Reconstruction of their families in period 1660 - 1720 should be performed. Either this research would support the above stated hypothesis or not.

In next paragraphs it will be shown, that the Vybornys until 1760s still kept close relations with other dvoraks - the names of godparents and witnesses still indicated this circle:


12.10.1744 birth of Martin Vyborny, son of Jan and Salomena Jakub Pecen, Mathias Melevin, Elisabeth Klofacin
6.4.1748 birth of Anna, dau. of Joseph and Katerina Anna Pansky, Anna Tretina, Gregor Velick
16.11.1749 marriage of Vaclav, son after + Jan V. of dvoraci with Rosalie Beranek Martin Klofac, Katerina Velik
3.9.1750 birth of Vaclav, son of Vaclav and Rozina Vencl Brtnik, Jerolim Klofac, Anna Pansky
16.10.1752 birth of Anna, dau. of Vaclav and Rozina Anna Brtnitzkin, Anna Panskin, Jerolim Klofac
21.1.1756 birth of Matias, son of Vencesl. and Rozina Vencesl. Brtnicky, Georg Klofacz, Salomena Panskin

Nearly all surnames of godparents and witnesses are known yet from the lists of dvoraks (incl. Podebaby list 1651) - Klofac - Pansky - Velik. All these names should be checked first in registers.

There exists also an another document: the list od "Dvoraks of the lonely houses of the district of Okrouhlice" by about 1780 (they paid to be free of manorial labor). 23 "dvoraks" are recorded there (in fact 24 together with the mill of Podebaby). Vaclav Viborny is listed as #11 (Smolovy). If the above mentioned dvoraks of the 1600's would be coordinated to those of the late 1700's the problem who of them had been Vyborny would be solved, perhaps.

Next steps:

1)   excerpts of surnames of dvoraks in Berni Rula (the Roll of Assessments) - National Archives in Prague

2)   excerpts of surnames of dvoraks in the Cadaster of Maria Theresia (1718) for the Okrouhlice estate (dvoraks, Podebaby, Pelestrov, Smolovy - if existed already)

3)   Reconstruction of dvoraks families 1660 - 1720 from vital registers of Nem. Brod. - State Regional Archives in Zamrsk.

August 2001, Karel Kysilka

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