A surname... pavardė... un nom de famille


...from Lithuanian. It is a diminutive of the word for beeswax (vaškas). It possibly meant son of a wax maker.

A linguist has thought the name originated as Ivaška (in neighboring White Ruthenia), and probably has shared origins with other Lithuanian surname variations such as Vaškas, Vaškevicius, and even Vaskevich, Vaskevicz, Voskevich, Voskevicz (towards nearby Poland, Russia or Ukraine). If a last name has a Baltic origin with "vašk" ("vask", "Ivask", "Ivaskas", "Ivoske", "Ivaskevicius", "Ivasko") in it or Slavic origin with "vosk" ("Ivosko") in it may be related along with other broader variants that cross Eastern Europe. ("Ivashkov")