My surname originates from the town Homorod in Siebenbürgen (Transylvania) ; allegedly it derives from Saint Servatius (in some mysterious ways). Some people have also linked it to Cerberus, the multi-headed dog which guards the gates of the underworld, but that seems a bit far-fetched.

There seems to be some confusion in the English-speaking world as to how pronounce my surname: most commonly it is pronounced as 'Zurbees' (which is bad) or 'Zurbs' (which is worse). The correct pronounciation is 'Zerbes', where both 'e' are pronouced as in 'get'. Also, the 'Z' is pronounced as the 'ts' in 'tsar', but that is a minor issue.

To help with the pronounciation, one could write it (French-style) as 'Zerbès'.

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