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Duda Family

Rudy5 13 | 36
6 Jun 2012 #1
My surname Duda means "bagpipes" or "bad musician". I know that my family came from Nałeczów, Lubin, Poland. They moved from Poland in the early 1900s. Also my great grandmas maiden name was Kwiatkowska(from Karcziska, Lubin, Poland), but I don't know what it means. Does anyone know of the Duda family in Poland? Or what Kwiatkowska means?
boletus 30 | 1,366
6 Jun 2012 #2
I know that my family came from Nałeczów, Lubin, Poland.

Lublin, not Lubin. The latter is a town in western Poland, Lower Silesia Voivodship, population 77,000. Lublin is much bigger, population 350,000, eastern Poland.
Nałeczów, commune Nałęczów, Puławy County, Lublin Voivodship.

(from Karcziska, Lubin, Poland)

Again Lublin, not Lubin. Karczmiska, not Karcziska.
Karczmiska, commune Karczmiska, Opole Lubelskie County, Lublin Voivodship

what Kwiatkowska means

Derives from kwiat, kwiatek => a flower, a little flower. There are three "Kwiatków" villages and five "Kwiatkowo" villages in Poland.

Does anyone know of the Duda family in Poland?

There are 36,647 people of the name Duda registered in Poland. 459 of them live in the city of Lublin, and somewhere between 200 and 300 Dudas live in the Lublin Voivodship (which includes Nałęczów).
OP Rudy5 13 | 36
6 Jun 2012 #3
Ok thank you for the correction.

Do you know if Duda originated in Poland?
boletus 30 | 1,366
6 Jun 2012 #4
Do you know if Duda originated in Poland?

I really do not know that for sure. But consider the fact that the word "duda" exists in several languages. For example "duda" is apparently a Hungarian name for bagpipes,

These instruments were associated with shepherds and a pastoral lifestyle. Polish original name for bagpipes was "koza" (from skin of "koza", a goat). The "gajda" name was popular in Balkans, which have been transformed into plural "gajdy" in Polish, Czech and Slovak languages.

I would assume that word "duda" came to Polish language with Wallachian shepherds, exposed to Hungarian name "duda", who started settling in Polish Carpathians at 16th century or so. It might be instructive to take a peek at distribution of "Duda" surnames in Poland - most of them are concentrated in southern Poland: the foothills of Carpathians and Silesia,

But this is immaterial now with respect to your family search. Duda surname has been long established in Poland, as it is proven by the sheer number of people using this surname, 36,647.

See also, some words about etymology of "duda":
Duda, dudku, dudarz and dudziarz - a bagpipes player.

Dudki, dzidy - animal guts. "Znowu mu dzidy potężnie opiorą" (They will beat his guts massively again), Potocki.

Basic Slavic musical instrument. Serbs and Bulgars used to call it "dud", but now they use the Turkish borrowing "duduk".

Germans, in turn, borrowed the "duda" word from the western Slavs in the words Dudel, Dudelsack, dudeln.

Onomatopoeic, (dudu=mova=> speech) as in "o mszy ani dudu" (not a whit about the Mass), Potocki.

In folk dialects: "odudzieć" = oniemieć (to become dumb)

Dudnieć and dudnić (to rumble) - in description of dull, muffled sound.

Carried into "hollow things", such as pipes:
- dudło, dudłazy => holes in the tree,
- dudlić and dudlać (to pick, to gouge)

Dutki - sad singings
See also "Encyklopedia Staropolska) (in Polish) - Old Polish Encyclopedia

Dudy, musical instrument, known throughout Europe for centuries, also called a goat or Wołynka and improperly pipes. Moraczewski writes that in the eighteenth century it was known only in some areas of Wielkopolska.
Dudy were once in Poland instrument commonly used in all states. The famous conqueror of the Turks, Samuel duke Korecki, taken in the days of King Sigismund III to slavery, being herded on foot to Istanbul, played his dudy to comfort companions of misery and make the exhausting march lighter.

From: Slav music and instruments (in Polish)
OP Rudy5 13 | 36
6 Jun 2012 #5
Thanks that's very informative.

I heard that they're suffixes like -ska and -ski, what do they do? Are there rules to adding them onto last names? Sorry if I'm getting off topic.
OP Rudy5 13 | 36
7 Jun 2012 #7
Mocarze - | 1
15 Jun 2012 #8
My great great grandmother was a Duda from the same Voivodeship.....Stanisław Małek , Małgorzata Duda
Laubrieth - | 2
10 Feb 2013 #9
My grandmother's travel document was recently discovered. She came from Dobcza, Poland and it listed the mayor (village head) as Duda, I can't read the first name however. This was dated Feb 10, 1909. My grandmother was on the ship Argentina that arrived May 19, 1909 from Trieste and a Marya Duda was with her. Don't know if this helps!
17 Feb 2013 #10
Duda is a common surname in Albanian too aswell... Most be IE connected.
Annieann - | 1
11 Mar 2013 #11
Am researching any possible information/connections on the family of a Yan (or John?) Duda family c 1905 in Pittsburgh, PA. My maternal grandmother Anna Olsavsky b abt 1892 from Dorac, Hungary entered the US on 5 Feb 1906 headed for her uncle Yan Duda in Pittsburgh. The address on ship manifest is unclear and could be Anol/Carol Av N22 313. Have found a John Duda, age 55, wife Mary, age 30. both b. Hungary with son Stephen, age 14 on 239 Mackey St, Piitsburgh in 1920 Census. 1930 Census has John Duda,age 64, wife Mary, age 40, son Steve age 23, at #60 South 25th Street. John is a steel mill laborer and Steve is a clerk. In 1940 census, Mary Duda, age 45 and widowed and nephews Mike Olsasky age 27, and Steve Olsasky age 21 at 242 Wright Way near 24th st. Am not sure these are the same families or the family I am trying to find. Do have an old photo of a Steve Duda, date unk, but appears to be taken in late 1920-early 30's and he is a young man. Anna Olsavsky married Steve Matvey abt 1909 and are found in 1910 Census under name Matey in Boswell, PA. Steve is from Blosova, Hungary and his parents are said to be William Matvej and Anna Duda. Thanks for any possible information or help.
OP Rudy5 13 | 36
9 May 2013 #12
I had a thread on here awhile ago about the surname Duda, there was some helpful info, but I'd like to learn more. Did it originate for sure in Poland? I've had people ask me if I'm Hungarian, Ukrainian, and Russian because of the name, is it popular in those countries also? And is it related to surnames such as "Dudzinski" or "Dudayev"?
Mykhaylo UA - | 56
11 May 2013 #13
is it popular in those countries also?

Duda in Ukrainian means "pipe, fife" and in Cyrillic letters it is written as "дуда", and there is a saying in U.: "To play to someone's duda" meaning "to play to someone's pipe". There are, also, some derivatives of this word, as "dudity" (to fife), "dudar" (someone who plays "duda", piper, and also, "dudaryk", usually a young man who plays duda, and "Dudaryk" is the name of the popular men choir in Lviv (in Cyrillic letters it is written as "Дударик").

Personally, I knew several persons here whose surname was Duda. Here, this surname is quite usual, although not very much popular.
But the name may be in other languages, too. So, in this case you cannot tell a person's origin by his/her surname only.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161
11 May 2013 #14
Did it originate for sure in Poland?

Not sure but it's quite popular in Poland with +36k users, I doubt it's of foreign origin.
6 Apr 2014 #15
My grandmother's maiden name was Duda. Her mother came over from Poland in 1906 when she was 16.
28 May 2015 #16
I'm from Croatia and my mothers maiden name is Duda. Her father is born and lived on island Krk. His father went to USA in early 20th century.
Vlad1234 18 | 1,058
28 May 2015 #18
Duda could be a Ukrainian family name, however Dudka is more common.
16 Jun 2015 #19
Hi! I'm from Armenia, and my grandma's surname was Duda. As far as I know she came from Poland.
6 Sep 2015 #20
I'm trying to figure out my family history/lineage. My birth certificate says I'm a Duda but years later my dad chose to have his "original" birth name of "Samson" re-introduced. Actually, it was Samsonas based on from what I know from our Lithuanian background. The "Dudas" were an adoptive family when my dad had to leave Germany. My parents tell me nothing like it's a bad thing.

Any info will help & be appreciated.

InPolska 11 | 1,821
7 Sep 2015 #21
@Rudy: you may be a relative of Poland's new president .....
mduda11 1 | 6
30 Oct 2015 #22
Merged: Duda Family - Searching for relatives in Poland from 1940-60

I am searching for any information on my aunts, Aleksandra Pietruszka and Maryanna Kozlowska, born Duda. Their brother, Stanisław Duda (my grandfather) immigrated to the US and his two sisters where last known to be alive in Poland in 1947.

Any help would be appreciated!
dudaahaphia - | 1
1 Jun 2019 #23
Hello, my grandmother: ahafja Duda was born in dobcza in 1900, she came to France in the 1920

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