Highdyke recently displayed yet another pseudo-scientific discovery, making conclusions on two languages and cultures he knows only on a superficial and distorted level.
Firstly, he says he is going to find "identical non-Islamic Alb-Chechen surnames". Yet he goes and does exactly that, i.e. finds surnames with Islamic roots. Atleast in the case of us Albanians, since unlike highdyke, I do not prefer expressing myself over a culture, language & ethnicity I have little grasp on. Examples include Zekaj, which comes from Zekë or Zeqir, which is a Muslim name (Zekir; possible connection to Hebrew Zecheriah) introduced during the time of the Ottomans. Another example is Memcaj, with 'Memi' being a diminutive of Mohammed. The same with 'Bakaj' which derives from Bekkir, and so on.
Other examples simply illustrate why someone with essentially no knowledge in a certain field shouldn't be making such grande conclusions like highdyke did. I am referring to "Shallaj" which is actually written Shalaj, and which derives from the clan name of Shala, the etymology of which is derived from the Albanian word shalë. meaning 'saddle' (the shaljan clansmen's name might thus be translitterated as 'the horse people'). This is a word found in many IE languages and has no connection to Chechen, unless this language acquired it from some neighbour, including English 'saddle', Swedish 'sadel', Croatian 'sedlo', Spanish 'síllin', Romanian 'ºa' etc.
Then there are the comical examples, like 'Dulay' vs 'Dulaj'. Why go so far when we have the Serbian football player Igor Duljaj from Arandjelovac? LOL.
Balaj/Balay is also found among South Slavs, e.g. Balic, etc.
The second argument revolves around the suffix 'aj' in Albanian. He claims it is connected to some Chechen suffix 'ay', basing his assumption on the similiar sound. By the same premise we might assume a connection between the Albanian and Italian endings of 'i', e.g. Martini vs Martini. The similiarity is in reality a mere coincidence. Why?
The Albanian suffix 'aj' is not a mere suffix, but also fulfills a function; it denotes something plural. Take the surname Markaj. It actually means 'Marks', as in several people. This is a heritage from old times when there existed brotherhoods, and therefore we find several villages ending in 'aj' as well, such as Vuthaj, Haxhaj, Zenelaj, Zogaj, Pepaj etc; villages which got their names from brotherhoods (vëllazëri). The equivalent I saw in Dalmatia and Montenegro was Babici, Martinici, etc. The more logical conclusion would be to connect this suffix to another IE suffix rather than Chechen, such as 'ai' in classical Greek, i.e. Arbanitai, the old term for Albanians in Greek.
Yet the best explanation seems to be the Illyrian connection. Why? The suffix 'aj' was written as 'anj' in classical Albanian; this is why Montenegrins call the village of Vuthaj as Vusanje, having preserved ironically the village's/brotherhood's older form, excluding the change of 'th' to 's' due to the lack of interdental consonants in Serbian. This old suffix, 'anj', is a variant of the other plural suffixes of 'enj' & 'inj', e.g. lumenj (rivers) from 'lum', or gishtërinj (fingers) from 'gisht'. This form of endings is also found in old Illyrian names of cities and tribes. Here follow some examples; Delminium, Rizinium, Olcinium, Olokenion, etc. The suffix 'um' was probably added by classical Roman writers.
The same analogy is seen with the plural ending of 'at' in Albanian, seen in various villages such as Zhulat from Zhuli, Lazarat from Lazër, Progonat from Progon etc. This same ending is witnessed in many Illyrian tribe names, e.g. Daesitiates, Dalmatae, Dassaretae, Docleatae, Labeates, etc.
A waste because the 11th cent. documentatioN proves that the names are not coincidental ame do not have the alternate etymology you claim for them as I mentioned 5 times in my ALBO-CHECHEN SURNAME thread. the alternate etymology you give would be valid IF the docs did not exist or werent given merrit by 2 albanophile albanologists
Finally, the Chechen suffix of 'ay' might just as well be of Turkish origin, in who's proximity they have lived. Exampls include Göktay, Altay, Günay, Aksoy, Altinsoy, etc.
Furthermore, who is to say that only the 'ev' part is the russification? Maybe the whole 'ayev' was added to Chechen surnames. The same phenomenon is seen amidst Azeris, such as Gara Garayev, Muslim Magomayev, Namig Abdullayev, Nizami Pashayev, and so forth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Azeris