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Szalomski - Anyone with this surname out there?

searching4 1 | 5  
9 Sep 2009 /  #1
Hi, I am searching for the roots of my Polish Grandfather. He was captured and taken to Siberia in WW2 and escaped and made it to the UK. I don't know his date of birth, town of birth or anything but I understand there are just a few people out there with this surname. Do you have or know of anybody who has this name please? As it seems to be quite unusual, I feel that if I am lucky enough to find people with the name and make contact with them, it may lead me to the origins of my grandfather.

Thank you so much :-)
beazee - | 31  
9 Sep 2009 /  #2
Could be of jewish origins.

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points Dolnośląskie (Wroclaw region) with 4 occurences per million.

Not very common surname as you can see.
10 Sep 2009 /  #3
When I was in the Salvation Army Training college 1961-2, there was a young man, Jan, I think, who had escaped from Siberia, surviving my eating berries and trapped animals.

Could this be the one? I've no idea where he is now but the Salvation Army should know. I'd be interested to know,too.

Reg Kennedy

If this is your grandfather please contact me at
OP searching4 1 | 5  
10 Sep 2009 /  #4
That's very interesting - now all I need to do is find out who and where the 4 in a million are.
I have wondered sometimes if it may be of Jewish origin - originating from the Jewish word for peace - Shalom - as that of course is how it is pronounced.
polkamaniac 1 | 482  
10 Sep 2009 /  #5
Have you checked on 411--I uaually get results searching there.
OP searching4 1 | 5  
11 Sep 2009 /  #6
That's great, thank you. I'll try that. So many of the directories are really tough unless you know the cities and speak Polish - I'm picking up little bits and fully intend to learn properly asap. :-)
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
11 Sep 2009 /  #7

LORKOWSKI – toponymic nick from Lorki (Lawrenceville); some 700 users
DZIURDA - toponymic nick from Dziurdziów (Georgetown)
SOBIANEK - toponymic nick from Sobianowice (Selfsonville); possibly derived from first name Sobiesław
SZA£OMSKI - Your Shalom (peace) suggestion is interesting. Since so many different things have happened to Polish surnames over the generations, no option should be ruled out. Conceivably one might envision a Jew in Old Poland seen greeting people with „shalom” which to non-Jews may have seemed strange or exotic. That could have prompted someone to humorously dub him Szałomski (the shalom bloke). A bystander may have overheard the remark, repeated it and soon it caught on as a generally used nickname.

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