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THE MEANING OF YOUR POLISH LAST NAME, SURNAME?


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♂   May 26, 2010, 10:00pm  #1,021

KRZYSZKOWSKI: topo nick from Krzyszkowo (root probably Krzysztof, hence something like Chrisville. Not too rare - well over1,000 users in Poland.
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ŻARCZYŃSKI: is used in Poland, Rzarczyński is not. Topo nick from Żarczyn (Ardourville, Glowbury).

KOWALCZYK: occupational patronymic nick = blacksmith's son or helper
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♂   May 27, 2010, 07:24pm  #1,023

ZAKRZEWSKI: topo nick from Zakrzewo (Overbush, Shrubton)
diane_pdx   May 28, 2010, 11:36pm  #1,024

Thanks very much for the help.
sanadoon   May 29, 2010, 03:56am  #1,025

The Polish side of my family has two surnames I am interested in: KROLIK and PALUCH.

Re KROLIK: All immigrated to Wisconsin and Chicago in late 1800's, arriving in Baltimore from Bremen.My grandfather was John James Krolik (Catholic), his father was Ignacz Krolik (Catholic), and his father was Jacob Krolik. All came from "Prussia."
One member of our family feels our Polish ancestors were Jewish. Others in our family do not agree. I know the name Krolik is used by both Jews and Catholics, but am wondering if most Polish Kroliks are Catholic or Jewish.
Jacob Krolik (born about 1830) married Mary Paluch.

Re PALUCH: Is Paluch a Jewish or Catholic name?

Don't get me wrong. I really don't care if my Polish ancestors were Jewish or Catholic; I would simply like to know.

My personal feeling, based on limited research, is that they were always Catholic.

Turk Thomas Humphrey
Queensland, Australia
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♀   May 29, 2010, 04:38am  #1,026

The meaning of my Polish ancestor's last name; Paprocki means fern. Does anyone know the probable region that would eventually end up in? It seems pommeranian to me. Also is this a very common name for Poles to have? I believe it is.
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♂   May 29, 2010, 07:38am  #1,027

The Polish side of my family has two surnames I am interested in: KROLIK and PALUCH.

They are both Polish surnames. If they were Jewish they probably would have changed it to Bremen =]
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♂   May 29, 2010, 01:18pm  #1,028

KRÓLIK: rabbit; typcial peasant name

PALUCH: big finger; typical descriptive nick, also typcilaly peasant

NOTE: The above contain no religious connotation; their bearers could be anything.
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♂   May 29, 2010, 04:29pm  #1,029

TARASIEWICZ: Patronymic nick from Ukrainian popular first name Taras, hence son of Taras.
joncbaby   Jun 2, 2010, 11:59am  #1,030

CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHERE CWIERDZINSKI originates from????
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♂   Jun 2, 2010, 02:53pm  #1,031

ĆWIERDZIŃSKI: The basic root-word is ćwierdz or ćwierdza, archaic for twierdza (fortress, dungeon).
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♀   Jun 2, 2010, 05:18pm  #1,032

Keyowski
in24935   Jun 2, 2010, 09:30pm  #1,033

What about Ziolkowski?
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♂   Jun 2, 2010, 09:46pm  #1,034

Does anybody know what is behind my lastname "Wlazło" ?

My dad tells me that our ancestors were patriotic farmers, who lived south of the town Radom..
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♂   Jun 2, 2010, 10:21pm  #1,035

in24935:
What about Ziolkowski?

Ziółkowski (original spelling) from Zioło, Ziółko which means HERBS. Perhaps associated with traditional medicine.
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♂   Jun 2, 2010, 10:22pm  #1,036

WLAZŁO: this is one of a group of names derived from past-tense verbs. They can be of any gender: Biegało (it was running), Przybył (he has arrived). Gwizdała (she was whistling). They originated to identify someone on the basis of his/her common trait and in English would have taken on such forms as Runner, Arriver and Whistler respectively.
Wlazło comes from the verb wleĽć (to crawl or creep into) and means it has crawled or crept. How and why such a nickname got attached to someone is anyone's guess.
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♂   Jun 2, 2010, 10:39pm  #1,037

Polonius3:
the verb wleĽć (to crawl or creep into) and means it has crawled or crept.

It could also mean to climb. Perhaps someone with good climbing skills, Polonius?
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♂   Jun 2, 2010, 11:05pm  #1,038

Well I don't hope that the name comes from some creepy guy !

Thanks though :-)
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♂   Jun 3, 2010, 04:48pm  #1,039

As in 'Wlazł kotek na płotek i mruga...' Yes, indeed, it can mean to climb a tree or even get up on a table or cupboard.
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♂   Jun 3, 2010, 05:16pm  #1,040

KEYOWSKI: No-on in Poland uses this name. Ii must have got respelt or misspelt somewhere along the line.

ZIÓŁKOWSKI: root-word ziółko (herb, weed); but -owski suggests a topo nick such as Ziółków or Ziółkowo as teh source.
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♂   Jun 3, 2010, 06:12pm  #1,041

Mijalski -passer-by?
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♂   Jun 4, 2010, 03:22am  #1,042

Please help, my last name is Shiminski and I have no idea what it means, no one has ever been able to tell me what it means and I've looked all over for the meaning!

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!
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♂   Jun 4, 2010, 06:27pm  #1,043

SIMIŃSKI: Variant form of Siemieński = either patronymic from Siemion (Russian for Szymon) or topo nick from Siemień, Siemiony. Shiminski is a phonetic respelling in English-speaking countries.
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♂   Jun 4, 2010, 07:06pm  #1,044

Guzy - Bumps
Mierzwa - Matted Hair
Pawelczyk - Paul

I'm Polish
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♂   Jun 4, 2010, 09:46pm  #1,045

ZELEM: appears to be a Jewish name, possibly dervied from Solomon; only handful of users in Poland today.

ŻYŁKA: meaning -little vein; descriptive nick for someone with bulging veins or topo from villageof Żyłka
kimik   Jun 4, 2010, 11:38pm  #1,046

What is the meaning of the surname Kuta?
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♂   Jun 5, 2010, 09:58am  #1,047

KUTA: several possible sources - 1) adj. fem. shod, 2) hooded monk's habit from Fr. cotte probably via German Kutte; 3) clump fo trees in a swamp; 4) peasant dialect for mosquito; 5) topo nick from Kuty, Kutowo or similar.
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♂   Jun 5, 2010, 02:28pm  #1,048

mierzwa also means manure
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♀   Jun 5, 2010, 05:12pm  #1,049

Thread attached on merging:
What does my name mean?

I'm researching my family name--need a meaning or anything about it's origins and history--hit a brick wall--2 names--Luwalski and Zukavetsky--thank you--frustrated in the USA.
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LUWALSKI (?): No-one by that name in Poland; there are some people who spell their name Lewalski, very few use Liwalski and the Lowalski surname has been recorded but nobody uses it at present. Meaning obscure.

ŻUKOWIECKI: Thsi name is use, Żukawiecki is not. Maybe it's the Belarussian pronunciation (they use the vowel 'a' a lot!). It would mean the bloke from Żukowiec (Beetleville).


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