Saturday, December 10, 2005


Why did I call my blog baleta. I really wanted to call it "Really" because some of the statements I say might not sound plausible, so the reaction would be "Really". But that url was taken so I am using Baleta.

Baleta in Fijian means because, and is used for the word why. The word why is my favourite word in the english language and in my opinion the most important word in terms of progress and where we are now.

The interesting thing is that in Fijian there was no word for why because of the tradition of not questioning you elders. I wonder how many other cultures did not have a word for why.


Anonymous watcher in oz said...

Yes, I wondered about the word 'baleta'. Was talking with my youngest son this morning and he said his favourite word is 'adaptability' and we were saying how hard it is for Pacific guys who migrate to Australia because so much is different. The guy is in a daze because his girl's relatives don't understand him, maybe don't like him. To be adaptable is the most useful thing he can have.

3:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't mean my youngest son's relatives! I missed a whole sentence. We have a guy staying with us at present who is a new migrant to Australia and he's having heaps of trouble getting along with his new relatives. That's why to be adaptable is so important. It is a characteristic of most Fijians which is fortunate but this young guy has only been here a couple of months and has a lot to learn.

8:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! My Surname is Baleta... it's from Croatia, but probably originated in Spain (I'm South Africa).
Slightly off the topic of immigrant adaptability in Oz (but i am an immigrant too), but it was just a name before. Now I know that somewhere it has a meaning. Cool!

2:28 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey,my surrname is Baleta.Im also from Croatia..I see you are interested by word Baleta,come and visit my site

11:29 am  
Blogger bruno baleta said...

my name is bruno baleta, I am trying to see what other baleta's still live in croatia. I have family in Grabovac, Split and Dubrovnik... I travel there almost every year and todate I have met quite a few of my family members... If there is anyone that might have known or has a family tree, my grandad was Marko Baleta and his wife Phillip and my dads name was STIPAN BALETA, all from GRABOVAC-IMOTSKA.. THANK YOU

6:17 am  
Blogger d said...

My name is Gordana Baleta, i was born in Rijeka and brought up in Grabovac. My grandfathers name is Ante Baleta and granny Ruza Baleta. I reside in South Africa but visit Grabovac when ever I can.
I would like to connect with other Baleta's out there. My e-mail address is:

5:49 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, here Daniel Baleta.
I come frome Grabovac, too.
But i live with my famyli many years in Germany ( in Freudenstadt). I going every year 5x to croatian and see my family.
My fathers name are Marijan (Majic) Baleta and my Grandpa┬┤s name was Vice Baleta.

Daniel Baleta

6:40 am  
Blogger bruno baleta said...

hi there my dads name was stiphan baleta and grew up there in grabovac.. I go once a year and he still has two sisters living in grabovac one of 94 and one of 92 tata ante and tata stina.

I was born in south africa and still live here.... I adore croatia as that is my country with the beautiful adriatic sea.

do you have anymore info.


4:04 am  
Blogger d said...

I am from the Croatian heritage, born in Rijeka and lived in Grabovac for approximately five years. The little village comprises of 10 houses or so, each resident is called Baleta. So you could say that we are indirectly related in some ways or other. I have traced my Baleta name going back to the 16th century or there abouts. It is an awesome, proud feeling to be a Baleta. And the fact that we can express our views via Really is amazing. Thank u, Gordana Baleta Gazard

6:03 am  
Blogger Linda said...


I am Anda Baleta - I am from Albania. As far as I know, only my family has this surname in our country. Would be interesting to know more about its origins.

11:39 pm  
Blogger d. said...

I have just been to Grabovac which happens to be little village in Croatia. In this village there are approximately twelve homes and all the families surnames are Baleta.

The village is absolutely beautiful,scenic overlooks the hills and the high mountain called Biokovo which happens to be 1762m high.

It is an awesome, grand feeling to be a Baleta.

Come on all the Baleta's out there reach out and connect with one another.


7:23 am  
Anonymous Tony said...

Hi all Baletas out there. My name is Tony Baleta, my father, Ivan Baleta born 1900, originates from Baleta Village in Garvac. Does anyone have pictures of the town that they can e-mail me? I am living in South Africa and would love to see what the village looks like. My e-mail address is
Thank you.

4:21 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a family tree going back many years - if anyone would like a copy please send me your e-mail address.

9:48 pm  
Anonymous Angelo Baleta said...

Hi! I am just so excited about this blog! Whoever created this, my appreciation! I am Angelo Baleta and I was born and raised in the Philippines! Baleta in the tagalog word somewhat similar to the english word meaning "news". Baleta for us is sending good news to people.
I would love to see and get information where we came from and you might help me...Thanks!

6:07 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am Stephanie Baleta wife of Mathew Baleta.
My family and i are travelling to Croatia and will be staying in Grabovac for a few days. Does anyone know the church we can go to, to add onto our family tree. We are from Canada but our relatives are in south Africa. Very exciting to see the history of the Baleta name. Any help is appreciated!

5:50 am  

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