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Goralczyk and meaning of czyk

5 May 2009 /  #1
Any knowledge or comment to offer my ramblings is a gift!

I heard Goralczyk means from the mountains. Maybe even 'Hillbillies'.

What does czyk mean?

My grandmother's mother is from Kra-something or Cat-something but not Krakow. Any ideas of a smaller town?

My Dad said that his grandfather is from Austria, but my grandmother (above) poo-poo'ed him saying we are Lithuania and Polish. My sister swears we could stand in a Russian breadline and not be out of place. I am also curious what a Pole looks like. All the taxi cab drivers say I am 'Salvic' which sound like about the town to me!

Thank you, Denise
Jethro - | 28  
5 May 2009 /  #2
What does czyk mean?

Goral is a mountaineer>>>>>>>> Czyk>>> Son of.

Son of a mountaineer
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
5 May 2009 /  #3
My Dad said that his grandfather is from Austria, but my grandmother (above) poo-poo'ed him saying we are Lithuania and Polish.

to understand this you should read the wikipedia history of Poland.

I am also curious what a Pole looks like

there are a couple of picture/photo threads that might provide the answer.
ShortHairThug - | 1,103  
5 May 2009 /  #4
Goralczyk, I heard was from 'the mountains'. My Dad said that is grand-dad was from Austria, and my grandmonther said her mother was from Kat-something or Cat-something but not the main city Kawcrow.

Originally probably Góralczyk but both forms exist in Poland. Goralczyk is found mainly around Katowice, Góralczyk mainly around Kraków Wadowice also around Kolno NE Poland. Eastern Polish patronymic turned-surname probably meaning son of a highlander, but if you prefer Hillbilly it's OK too.
deanderson - | 1  
6 May 2009 /  #5
That was cute. Thank you, Denise
kitty_the_kat - | 30  
10 Jul 2009 /  #6
What are the differences between the endings -czyk, -czak, -czek, and -czok (and any I might be forgetting)? Did they stem from different regions?
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
10 Jul 2009 /  #7
-czak is an almsot 100% patronymic ending (son of...); -czok is a dialectic version common to Śląsk; -czyk is also usually a patronymic ending, but -czek may be only a diminutive, although it too can be used to indicate paternity. Polish is very rich and variant-prone, rife with regional and local alternatives.
kitty_the_kat - | 30  
10 Jul 2009 /  #8
thanks, i've been wondering about that. though no one was ever able answer my question
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
13 Jul 2009 /  #9
THe city could have been Katowice, the captial of the industrial region of Śląsk (Silesia) to the west of Kraków.
Barbara - | 1  
15 Jul 2009 /  #10
I am a Goralczyk and my family came from Wadowice.
mbelanger - | 5  
21 Nov 2009 /  #11
Near Zakopane in the highlands live Gorale who wear a national dress for weddings and special occasions. There is a museum in which the clothes are displayed . They are more rightly callled 'highlanders' as hillbillies has a negative connotation. They are a hardy people who bore a lot of aggression by the nazis in WW2. They moved in large numbers to North America during the last century because making a living was very hard. They have a proud heritage and are a living embodiment of the proud brave Polish people.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
21 Nov 2009 /  #12
Chicago is the 'second Zakopane'!
bgetya 1 | 3  
2 Dec 2009 /  #13

Your dad is probably right also. His father was in a part of Poland called Galacia which was a part of Austro-Hungary at that time. (So when you immigrated you had to state you were Austrian but you were Polish just annexed) This make sense as the Polish Goral are in this part also. I am a descendant of the Goral in this area also, from Nowy Targ just north of Zakopane. There is a lot of towns with there with names that start with C. (I study genealogy so I had to learn the area is how I know) Grandma could be correct also as many poles left Lith-Poland to flee the Russians but this was a lot earlier however. (1790's)
11 Dec 2009 /  #14
My lat name is Goralczyk but i dont know where my family came from

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