My dad recently told me that my great great grandmother had given herself the last name Kraszewski when her husband left her, in order to gain respect in the Polish district of Hamilton, Ontario (I THINK this was the city, I know it was Ontario). He said that it was a really famous name and people respected it, and it was the only way she could get by since she was without a husband.
Is Kraszewski a famous name in Poland? Or was it?
I've seen some things on Józef Kraszewski, but it doesnt still quite answer my question if people respect that last name in Poland... ?
The high school comment though kind of veers towards its not known that much.