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Is Grudnik name Polish?


ftggoP 2 | 27  
8 Sep 2009 /  #1
My last name is Grudnik but I am afraid this name may be German (everyone that came through Ellis Island with that last name was German).

Can someone verify whether or not this name is Polish?

I am getting very worried can I please have an answer
CacyUlcia 2 | 46  
8 Sep 2009 /  #2
in Polish Grudnik could assimilate to the month of December, of "fencing", "garden", “fencing up a garden”

A lot of people assume that Polish last names end with ski, where in fact a lot of Polish last names end with “ik” as well as “ki” for men, and usually for woman the ending changes to an “a”. For example Mr. Grudnik, or Ms. Grudnikowa.
caprice49 4 | 224  
8 Sep 2009 /  #3
My last name is Grudnik

The country of origin may have been different at the time, what you need to find out the name of the place and not just the country. I've family coming from the same place, that once was under Austrian then Russian before ultimately reverting to Poland.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
8 Sep 2009 /  #4
Grudnik is defintiely Polish or other-Slavonic, not German. Immigrants going to the US when Poland was occupied were often listed as Prusssian (German), Russian or Austrian, because it was those countries that issued the passports. Grudnik or grudniak are nicknames for people or animals born in December (grudzień).

The month gets its named from the word gruda meaning a clod of frozen soil that the mud of November turned into during a December cold snap.
TheOther 5 | 3,682  
8 Sep 2009 /  #5
I am getting very worried

You are worried that your name might be of German origin? Are you for real?
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
8 Sep 2009 /  #6
Wouldn't everybody prefer to be Polish than German. Ist es nicht viel besser Polnisch als Deutsch sein? I was always taught there were two kinds of people in the world -- those who are Polish and those who wish they were!
TheOther 5 | 3,682  
8 Sep 2009 /  #7
Wouldn't everybody prefer to be Polish than German

If with "everybody" you mean Poles, then yes. <g>

I was always taught there were two kinds of people in the world -- those who are Polish and those who wish they were!

Your teacher was obviously Polish... :)
OP ftggoP 2 | 27  
8 Sep 2009 /  #8
I am thrilled to find out that my name is Polish. I love Poland. Kocham Polske!
TheOther 5 | 3,682  
8 Sep 2009 /  #9
I am thrilled to find out that my name is Polish

All it tells you is that your family name has its roots in the Polish language. That doesn't automatically mean though that all your ancestors were Polish nationals. So, no need to get overly excited... :)
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
9 Sep 2009 /  #10
If you do a DNA test you can determine whether indeed your genes are more Slavic or Germanic. Maybe someone on PF who has alaready done this migth offer some advice to Ms Grudnik.
grudnik  
20 Sep 2009 /  #11
My name Lazar Grudnik and I am from Latvia
my father from other Baltic Country .
are you relax now ?

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