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THE MEANING OF YOUR POLISH LAST NAME, SURNAME?


NorthMancPolak Activity: 4 / 664
Joined: Jun 13, 2010 ♂
  Aug 25 '10  #1,081

Polonius3, where do you get all your information from?

I've been looking for the meaning/origin of my surname for ages, but with no success.

I don't want to post it on the forum though, but if you're willing to point me in the right direction, I can do my own research, I guess ;)
Polonius3 Activity: 883 / 6,066
Joined: Apr 11, 2008 ♂
  Aug 25 '10  #1,082

CHRZANOWSKI: root-word chrzan (horseradish); topo nick, from Chrzanów (Horseradishville)
KOWALSKI: patronymic from kowal (Smithson) or topo nick from Kowale or similar.
GUZIELEK: diminutive or root-word guz (bulge, lump, bump, growth); probably topo nick from Guzew, Guźlin or similar (Bulgeville, Bumpton)..
KAIDO: probably variant form of kajda (wooden container attached to belt in which a scythesman kept his whetstone)
For more surname details please contact me

NorthMancPolak:
What is the name that interests you?
As for your question, I make use of online databases including jurzak.pl, herby.com.pl and jewishgen.org/Communities/LocTown.asp, my own resources compiled over the years plus hard-copy sources such as Kazimierz Rymut's Nazwiska Polkaów, the multi-volume dictionary of Karłowicz, Kryński and Niedźwiedzki (Warsaw 1905), Tadeusz Gajl's Herby szlacheckie, assorted German, French, Italian, Russian and other dictionaries, plus a life-long interest in Polish linguistics esp. onomastics. Hope this helps point you in the right direction.
reubyn34   Aug 27 '10  #1,083

I have 2 more...Zaklukiewicz (supposedly it was -kowicz before immigrating) and Halgas. Thank you.
teenagexdream Activity: 1 / 3
Joined: Aug 27, 2010 ♀
  Aug 27 '10  #1,084

What about Kunczewitz? It was later changed at Ellis Island though, to Consavage.
Polonius3 Activity: 883 / 6,066
Joined: Apr 11, 2008 ♂
  Aug 27 '10  #1,085

ZAKLUKIEWICZ: possible source - the Russian locality of Zakluka (Заклюка); an inhabitant would have been Zakluk and his son - Zaklukiewicz (in both Russian and Polish).

HALGAS: no names currently used in Poland start with either halg- or chalg-

KUNCEWICZ: from Kunz, German hypocoristic (pet) form of Kunrad or Konrad; Kuncewicz is the Polonised spelling of a patronymic nick meaning Kunz's son.

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njpack   Aug 28 '10  #1,086

Looking for the meaning of my last name unsure what it was really was before ellis island changed it. Hodlofski supposedly it was chodakofski or something similar any help would be appreciated
Polonius3 Activity: 883 / 6,066
Joined: Apr 11, 2008 ♂
  Aug 28 '10  #1,087

CHODAKOWSKI: topo nick from Chodaków; root-word chodak (rustic tree-bark shoe once used by poor peasants)
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NIESŁAWSKI: root-word niesława (infamy, disgrace, notoriety)
Xenohorde1988 Activity: 2 / 4
Joined: Aug 30, 2010 ♂
  Aug 30 '10  #1,088

Thread attached on merging:
anyone know what my name last name means?

I'm a fourth generation Polish American from Chicago Illinois USA. No one in family speaks Polish surprisingly seeing as that we have been in this country since before WWI. My last name is Hejnowski and so far on the web the only thing I can find is that I share the same last name with a few people in Warsaw, Gdansk, and Poznań. I can't figure out what my name means or where it originated. Any help would be strongly appreciated.

John
Helvetian   Aug 30 '10  #1,089

Hello I am wonder about the meaning/origin of the name Petrykowski, thank you in advance.
JustysiaS Activity: 14 / 2,256
Joined: Oct 14, 2007 ♀
  Aug 30 '10  #1,090

No one in family speaks Polish surprisingly seeing as that we have been in this country since before WWI. My last name is Hejnowski

I did a quick search and Hejnowski is a surname that originated from the Gdansk area. it comes from the German word hein which means something like huh? or eh? (it's an interjection). also when used as a first name, Hein means 'house ruler'. hope this helps!
clerical12 Activity: - / 1
Joined: Aug 30, 2010 ♂
  Aug 30 '10  #1,091

My family changed our name when we got here in America. I'm told it used to be Coveleski, but they changed it to Kovalewski to make it look cooler.

Wow just looked it up, Local Coveleski who was a baseball player, there is a wiki page on him. I did some quick geneology on ancestry.com. I just found this forum and will be trying to lean the language. Thanks guys
Polonius3 Activity: 883 / 6,066
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  Aug 30 '10  #1,092

HEJNOWSKI: quite likely from German names Hein or Hin which go back to Old Germanic Hagan. I think the 'Hägar the Horrible' cartoon strip alluides to that name root.
However, since most -owski surnames are of toponymic origin, I'm wondering whether some misspellings might not have occurred over genenrations of re-copying. The ch- variant should be checked out (Chojnowksiu???). Also the g- possibility (from Russian and Ukrainian).

KOWALEWSKi: topo nick from Kowalewo (Smithville). Spelling it Kovaleski would solve the pronunciation problem. With Kovalewski you'll get Anglo-manglers distorting it into
Kova-LOO-ski!
valpomike Activity: 13 / 198
Joined: Apr 20, 2009 ♂
  Aug 31 '10  #1,093

What does Dabrowski or Dombrowski mean, and where would they have come from?
I was told my grandparents came from just south of Warsaw. Why would the name be changed to Dombrowski anyway?

Mike
Deski Activity: - / 1
Joined: Aug 31, 2010 ♀
  Aug 31 '10  #1,094

What is the meaning of my last name DESKIEWICZ?

Iam very proud of my Heritage!!!!
What part of Poland did my family come from??
musicwriter Activity: 5 / 89
Joined: Jan 7, 2010 ♂
  Aug 31 '10  #1,095

When checking on my surname Drzewiecki I found two possibilities; (1) something to do with wood, timber or the woods, (2) pertaining to a lance or lancer (Medieaval soldier). I know where my Drzewiecki ancestors lived- it was near Wenecja pow. Żninski. now in woj. Kujawsko-Pomorskie. Any theories on the name?

pozdrawiam
enkidu Activity: 8 / 640
Joined: Sep 23, 2008 ♂
  Aug 31 '10  #1,096

Dabrowski or Dombrowski

Literally it means "a man from the oak forest". This is a quite popular name in Poland, so there is no way to indicate where your roots are.
Change of "ą" into "om" is a common spelling mistake.
Dąbrowski's coat of arms (also known as Panna - Virgin):

DESKIEWICZ?

Well... The first impression is a word "deska" (plank, wooden board). The -icz suggest Lithuanian roots of this surname (like Mickiewicz)
valpomike Activity: 13 / 198
Joined: Apr 20, 2009 ♂
  Aug 31 '10  #1,097

Did anyone yet find out for me, on Dabrowski/Dombrowski?

Mike
Polonius3 Activity: 883 / 6,066
Joined: Apr 11, 2008 ♂
  Aug 31 '10  #1,098

DĄBROWSKI: topo nick from Dąbrowo or Dąbrów (Oakville, Oakton, etc.).

DOMBROWSKI: illiterate alternate spelling in Poland; common respelling in the Diaspora
Guesstt   Sep 1 '10  #1,099

Iwaszek?
Polonius3 Activity: 883 / 6,066
Joined: Apr 11, 2008 ♂
  Sep 1 '10  #1,100

IWASZEK: derived from Iwan (eastern version of Jan/John).
lisieckir   Sep 1 '10  #1,101

I know that my last name, Lisiecki, means something along the lines of farmer of fox; however, I was more interested in the geneology aspect. I also have discovered that there are many people in Poland with my last name, but I was wondering if I gave you specific people you could help out? Most of the geneological information was lost via a fire in a Pennsylvania library. Thanks, Robert L. Lisiecki
musicwriter Activity: 5 / 89
Joined: Jan 7, 2010 ♂
  Sep 2 '10  #1,102

Right below my post on page 40, a person named enkidu uploaded an image of a coat-of-arms. Upon scanning wikipedia.com for Polish coat-of-arms, I spotted that same one. It's associated with the name 'Mogiła'. What particular post does that relate to?
Polowy Activity: - / 2
Joined: Sep 2, 2010 ♂
  Sep 2 '10  #1,103

Does anyone know the origin of "Polowy"? I am trying to find the meaning of my last name, Polowy. My grandfather and his parents came from a village in southeast Poland called Stobierna around 1909-1910. Also, my grandmother's maiden name was Anjelczyk. Any ideas? Thank you.
Polonius3 Activity: 883 / 6,066
Joined: Apr 11, 2008 ♂
  Sep 2 '10  #1,104

LISIECKI: topo nick from Lisiec (Foxville, Foxbury, etc.).˛

POLOWY: adj. from the noun pole (field), hence szpital polowy (field hospital), msza polowa (open-air mass).

ANJELCZYK: At present spelt Anielczyk. A patronymic nick for the son of someone nicknamed Anioł (Angel).

For more info please contact me
zetigrek   Sep 2 '10  #1,105

Polowy

Pole means field. Polowy is an adjective.

Anjelczyk has an old spelling. The modern spelling would be Anielczyk. Anioł in polish means angel and this name derives from word anioł.
Ask user Polonius3 for further informations.
Jagodka Activity: - / 1
Joined: Sep 1, 2010 ♀
  Sep 2 '10  #1,106

I can't find the meaning of Sądej. Does anyone know what it means?
Polonius3 Activity: 883 / 6,066
Joined: Apr 11, 2008 ♂
  Sep 2 '10  #1,107

SĄDEJ: Along with such forms as Sądaj, Sądak, Sądal, Sadaś and similar appear derived from the verb sądzić (to judge) or the old Polish first names Sędzisław or Sędzimir.
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Amathyst Activity: 19 / 2,741
Joined: Nov 10, 2006 ♀
  Sep 2 '10  #1,108

I regularly get calls from one of our contracts his is name is Piotr Kapusta, I always find it amusing that someone has Cabbage as their surname :D
Polonius3 Activity: 883 / 6,066
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  Sep 2 '10  #1,109

KAPUSTA: cabbage (some 7,800 users).
Polowy Activity: - / 2
Joined: Sep 2, 2010 ♂
  Sep 3 '10  #1,110

Thank you!



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