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Surnames associated with towns or villages

PolishDaz 1 | 5  
12 Oct 2007 /  #1
My Gandmother and Grandfather are Polish, and came over after the war as displaced people. Our surname is Pacyna.

I have been told the family came by the name Pacyna (many many years ago), due ot the fact that they lived in the village of "Pacyna" during the cenus. I have also heard that like in the UK surnames in Poland can be traced back to trades/proffesions, and that Pacyna would have meant "police/authority".

Does anyone ahve any information to enlighten me ??

Many Thanks.
12 Oct 2007 /  #2
haha thats funny cuz pacyna means head

u actually made me laugh
Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
12 Oct 2007 /  #3
yeah, it would be interesting to find out more about names associated with towns
and villages.. can anyone give some examples?

good thread.
OP PolishDaz 1 | 5  
14 Oct 2007 /  #4
It means head? In the American sense of "Head" ? Or a general "head" ?
14 Oct 2007 /  #5
no, rather something like 'nob'
funny way of saying it
'head' in polish : 'głowa'

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