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THE MEANING AND RESEARCH OF MY POLISH LAST NAME, SURNAME?


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11 Jun 2010  #1,021

What is the meaning of the surname Kuzamska.


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12 Jun 2010  #1,022

KUŻAMSKI: does not exist in Poland at present. Could it have been Kużawski? That could have been a misspelling of Kurzawski (from kurzawa=dust storm). Ther kuż- root might trace back to kuża, a dialectic from of the old Polish word koża (hide). Kuź- on the other hand might be linked to the first name Kosma (in peasant speech Kuźma).

jillymae65  
12 Jun 2010  #1,023

Hi! Can you give me the meaning of the last name YAVOREK and any other possible information on it, Thank you!

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12 Jun 2010  #1,024

JAWOREK: diminutive of jawor (sycamore); possibly topo nick from Jaworek, Jaworki, Jaworów et al.

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13 Jun 2010  #1,025

Hi - can you please help me with these two names:

Tyszko
Leśniewska

I've not found much about either name, but especially little about Tyszko...

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13 Jun 2010  #1,026

TYSZKO: hypocoristic (pet name) form of Tymoteusz = Timmy.

LEŚNIEWSKI: topo nick from Leśniewo (Forestville).

gembal  
13 Jun 2010  #1,027

Can you tell me anything about the surname Gembal or Gebal, from the Pulawy area ? Is it related to the Gembala surname in the South or is that unrelated ? Also, can you tell me the origin or meaning of the name ? Someone once suggested that it might be of German origin since there is a German word 'gabel' which means 'fork' and so might refer to the occupational surname of a cutlery maker. I've also heard that it might mean something rather unflattering in Polish like 'big mouth' ?

Thanks

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13 Jun 2010  #1,028

GEMBAL/GEMBALA: any relation to German Gabel (fork) seems rather unlikely. The root-word here is gęba (rude word for mouth). This is a typically peasant name where unusual features such as body parts were latched onto and often served as the basis of a nickname-turned-surname. Other examples: Nosal (big-nosed), Paluch (big-fingered), etc. The spellings Gębal and Gębala also exist.

SOCHOWSKI: topo nick from Socha or Sochy (root-word socha= primitive wooden plough),

KOSAKIEWICZ: patronymic from Kosak (someone nicknamed after a straw-cutting or cabbage knife)

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15 Jun 2010  #1,029

My grandparents' surnames are Dudzik and Lampa, and they emigrated to the United States in 1914. I was once told Lampa might be Turkish (Ottoman?). Any thoughts? Historical commentary?
Thank you!

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15 Jun 2010  #1,030

DUDZIK: diminutive of duda (bagpipes); Dudzik could well have originated as a patronymic nick to indicate the piper's (fiddler's or any home-spun rural musician's) son.

LAMPA: also spelt Lampe, was often a Jewish surname; other than lamp, it could have also emerged as a hypocoristic (pet) form of the first name Lambert.

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15 Jun 2010  #1,031

Polonius3.....THANK YOU! The quest for our heritage is becoming an end in itself.....We encounter generous help from people like you!

eg6ajk Activity: - / 1
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16 Jun 2010  #1,032

Could you check name:
Aniol

SzwedwPolsce Activity: 11 / 1,598
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16 Jun 2010  #1,033

The Polish word Anioł means Angel.

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17 Jun 2010  #1,034

I have an ancestor with the last name Wyrick. I've seen somewhere that it's either German or Americanized from Polish "Wyrzyk."

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17 Jun 2010  #1,035

I found that one:
houseofnames.com/xq/asp.c/qx/wyrick-coat-arms.htm

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17 Jun 2010  #1,036

Wyryk could also be a toponymic nick derived from several localities in Poland named Wyryki. Etymology: possibly wyrykiwać (to roar, low, bellow in different ways).

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18 Jun 2010  #1,037

szyntar?

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19 Jun 2010  #1,038

SZYNTAR, JASIŃSKI

SZYNTAR: probably Belarussian version of Szynter, from German Schinder (knacker - someone who buys up and slaughters old, decrepit horses and sell their meat)

JASIŃSKI: root-word jasin (archaic for jesion=ash tree), probably topo nick from Jasin or Jasiniec

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21 Jun 2010  #1,039

Hi Polonius3 - you are very well informed. Perhaps you will be able to help me? I've been looking for information on my surname "Ozimkowski" - I have been told it's not very common even in Poland. Do you have any more information?

Thanks

Jan

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21 Jun 2010  #1,040

OZIMKOWSKI: basic-root ozimek - (literally near winter) means an animal born before winter, ie out of season, because most farm animals are born in spring. The -owski is a toponymic indicator, so it probably originated as a nickname for someone from the village of Ozimek.

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25 Jun 2010  #1,041

Grazyna   Jan 6, 10, 17:48 / #570
I am greeting you !!!!

I am yours distant, very distant female relative from Poland.
At the chance of searches of the message about my ancestors I saw your appeal for explaining the origin of the Karalus surname.
My grandmother Maria Karalus (after the Pisarska)i husband your grandfather Jan Karalus were siblings.
Your grandfather had sons: of Zbigniew, Richarda and Edward which unfortunately no longer is living. Zbigniew Być at us in Poland a few years ago with one's wife Anna and with son Jason and with Jasell granddaughter. You are a Richarda daughter.
Very much he is interested genaologiÄ..., I have the big tree already even formed genaologiczne of our family!!
If you want to get to know fates of the Karalus surname and the tree genaologiczne of our family write it to me whether it still interests you.
GraĹźyna Hantkiewicz
63-100 Śrem
Poland

Of greeting for the entire family!!!!!

Hello Grazyna!

I have only just seen your message. Yes! How amazing to find you. This is correct, I am Richards daughter. My father had another brother too, Jerzy, who has passed away but his 5 children are all here in Australia also.

I would love to speak to you about our family further Grazyna, if you see this message please contact me via email rebeccakaralus@gmail.com. I hope to hear from you soon.

Much love from us all!

Rebecca x

polishchicago  
26 Jun 2010  #1,042

My last name is Guminski.. My grandparents Joseph & Josephine Guminski I believe emigrated from Poland in the late 1890's or very early 1900-03. My grandfather told me he was born in or near Krakov..

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27 Jun 2010  #1,043

GUMIŃMSKI: root-word gumno (threshing barn); either patronymic nick meaning son of the threshing-barn foreman (gumienny) or topo from such localties as Gumno, Gumienice or similar.

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27 Jun 2010  #1,044

[Moved from]: Looking for surname Szalapski

Hi.My name is Janina,and i am looking for family members with the surname Szalapski from Warsaw. Please bare with as i am a new member Thanks

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27 Jun 2010  #1,045

szalapski

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27 Jun 2010  #1,046

GUMIŃSKI: is the correct spelling, not Gumińmski (as above).

SZA£APSKI: possibly from szałaput (trouble-maker, fuss-budget, scatter-brain, fidgeter, etc.) or toponymic nick from Szałaputy (now in Ukraine).

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28 Jun 2010  #1,047

Makowiecki? can it be of noble descent?

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28 Jun 2010  #1,048

MAKOWIECKI: root-word mak (poppy); probably topo nick from Makowiec or Makowice. Five noble lines: Dołęga, Lubicz, Pomian, Rogala and own (Makowiecki) -- a take-off on the Dołęga c-o-a.

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28 Jun 2010  #1,049

Szałapski explained in THE MEANING OF YOUR POLISH LAST NAME

george p  
29 Jun 2010  #1,050

gawel



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