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THE MEANING OF YOUR POLISH LAST NAME, SURNAME?

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  ♂   May 26, 2010, 05:45am  #

no meaning..it may not even be polish

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  ♂   May 26, 2010, 08:50am  #

WOJACKI: It could also have originated as a toponymic nickname for someone from Wojakowa (Warriorville) in south Poland's Ma這這polska region. Wojakowski would have been more logical from a linguisitc standpoint, but the original nickanmers were not linguists but usually ordinary, illiterate peasants who twisted things around and blurted out whatever came to mind with no regards for etymology or grammar. The idela match would have been a place called Wojak or Wojaki.

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  ♂   May 26, 2010, 09:05pm  #

Can someone tell me what my surname Krzyszkowski means, I understand it is uncommon even in Poland.

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  ♂   May 26, 2010, 10:00pm  #

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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  ♂   May 27, 2010, 07:23pm  #

涉RCZY垶KI: is used in Poland, Rzarczy雟ki is not. Topo nick from 畝rczyn (Ardourville, Glowbury).

KOWALCZYK: occupational patronymic nick = blacksmith's son or helper

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  ♂   May 27, 2010, 07:24pm  #

ZAKRZEWSKI: topo nick from Zakrzewo (Overbush, Shrubton)

diane_pdx     May 28, 2010, 11:36pm  #

Thanks very much for the help.

sanadoon     May 29, 2010, 03:56am  #

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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  ♀   Edited by: Allison  May 29, 2010, 04:38am  #

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  #

sanadoon:
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




They are both Polish surnames. If they were Jewish they probably would have changed it to Bremen =]

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  ♂   Edited by: Polonius3  May 29, 2010, 01:18pm  #

PIASTA: hub of a wheel; the legendary founder of Poland was Ko這dziej Piast (Wheelwright Piast)

KR粌IK: 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  #

TARASIEWICZ: Patronymic nick from Ukrainian popular first name Taras, hence son of Taras.

joncbaby     Jun 2, 2010, 11:59am  #

CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHERE CWIERDZINSKI originates from????

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  ♂   Jun 2, 2010, 02:53pm  #

灣IERDZI垶KI: The basic root-word is 獞ierdz or 獞ierdza, archaic for twierdza (fortress, dungeon). For more information please cotnact: research60@gmail.com

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  ♀   Jun 2, 2010, 05:18pm  #

Keyowski

in24935     Jun 2, 2010, 09:30pm  #

What about Ziolkowski?

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  ♂   Edited by: Wlazlo  Jun 2, 2010, 09:46pm  #

Does anybody know what is behind my lastname "Wlaz這" ?

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  #

in24935:
What about Ziolkowski?

Zi馧kowski (original spelling) from Zio這, Zi馧ko which means HERBS. Perhaps associated with traditional medicine.

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  ♂   Jun 2, 2010, 10:22pm  #

WLAZΜ: this is one of a group of names derived from past-tense verbs. They can be of any gender: Biega這 (it was running), Przyby (he has arrived). Gwizda豉 (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.
Wlaz這 comes from the verb wle潭 (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  #

Polonius3:
the verb wle潭 (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  #

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

Thanks though :-)

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  ♂   Jun 3, 2010, 04:48pm  #

As in 'Wlaz kotek na p這tek 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  #

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

ZI茛KOWSKI: root-word zi馧ko (herb, weed); but -owski suggests a topo nick such as Zi馧k闚 or Zi馧kowo as teh source.

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  ♂   Jun 3, 2010, 06:12pm  #

Mijalski -passer-by?

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  ♂   Jun 4, 2010, 03:22am  #

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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  ♂   Edited by: Polonius3  Jun 4, 2010, 06:27pm  #

SIMI垶KI: Variant form of Siemie雟ki = either patronymic from Siemion (Russian for Szymon) or topo nick from Siemie, Siemiony. Shiminski is a phonetic respelling in English-speaking countries.

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  ♂   Jun 4, 2010, 07:06pm  #

Guzy - Bumps
Mierzwa - Matted Hair
Pawelczyk - Paul

I'm Polish

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  ♂   Jun 4, 2010, 09:46pm  #

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

玆ΘA: meaning -little vein; descriptive nick for someone with bulging veins or topo from villageof 砰趾a

kimik     Jun 4, 2010, 11:38pm  #

What is the meaning of the surname Kuta?

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  ♂   Jun 5, 2010, 09:58am  #

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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