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4 Feb 2012 #31
Duplaga is actually a converted French name. I know this because my Uncle, who now lives in Krakow, visited an old church in a small town called Domaradz (His old town) to see if he could find out more about the origin of this interesting last name. My uncle asked the priest if he could see the immigration records from early 1800s, specifically 1813. In these records he found over a hundred French last names registered in 1813. My uncle did not find Duplaga in these records, but he did find Du Plage. This last name means "of the beach" in French. The reason for this is because French Napoleonic soldiers returning from a very cold defeat in Russia found shelter during winter in the small towns of south eastern Poland. Most of these soldiers ended up staying and marrying Polish girls and having many kids, including Monsieur Du Plage. Over time, the name was converted to a more polish sounding and easier to pronounce "Duplaga." The Duplaga family grew and grew. It spread to different towns across Poland, and then spread across the World (England, Canada, Australia, and the United States.) My theory is that most people that carry the name "Duplaga" (over 1500 worldwide) are descendants of this French Napoleonic soldier.
4 Feb 2012 #32
Greetings Mr. Duplaga,
Thank you for your Very informative Post regarding our Duplaga surname! I communicate with a few other people who have Duplaga's in their family lines. One lady known as "Basimara" is a member of this Forum and we have been working together to see if we can find information about this "Tale of the French Soldier who may be an Ancestor" as well as trying to find the connection between our family Lines. Until your reply this has only been an unsubstantiated Tale--however, with your Uncle's foresight in actually taking steps to validate this Tale, we can now happily think there is a foundation to it!

I have a researcher who has done extensive research in Brzozow. My maternal grandfather is Jan F. Duplaga and he and 3 siblings emigrated from Brzozow to America in the early 1900's. My researcher has traced My Duplaga Line back to approximately 1770 in Brzozow. That is the time when the Parish started keeping the records.

When my great-Uncle Walter's children were in school, one of them came home and said that they were told (I assume by a teacher) that they should be spelling their name

Du Plaga rather than Duplaga. So Walter decided they would immediately change the spelling, and his line still goes by Du Plaga.
Do You or your Uncle have a Duplaga Family Tree that we can compare? Due to the fact that our Duplaga surname is so unique and rare, I am interested in trying to compile as many Duplaga's as possible, so that those of us working on our individual trees can find the connections to each other. Please contact me at: mwduplaga@gmail as I would like to discuss this further with you and I have some other interesting Duplaga related info that I can share with you.

OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
5 Feb 2012 #33
Du Plage suggests that the French noun plage (beach) is masculine which it isn't. It is feminine hence De la Plage or De Plage are possible. Of course, some mukh-up may have occurred over the generations?!
mwhary - | 16
5 Feb 2012 #34

Thanks for your input. Working in Genealogy certainly proves that "Mukh-ups" do happen! LOL...

Mr. Duplaga
9 Feb 2012 #35
There is fair amount of people named "Du Plage" living in France. (Check the website below)
Yeah this is true, "Mukh-ups" do happen..
Being very old, (almost 85 at the time) there is a possibility that my Uncle could have told me the last name wrong.
There is a possibility that it was "De Plage" or "de la Plage" instead of "Du Plage," but I highly doubt this happened.

...Either way though, there is no doubt that this man was French.
Your theory that Duplaga is a Polish/Ukrainian last name confuses me.
Why would you add "ga" at the end?
Even in old Polish, you would add either ski, ska, cki, czyk, etc.
In Ukrainian, it would be similar.
Hey Mary, that is very interesting. I used to spell my name as "Du Plaga" too when I was younger.
No, I unfortunately do not have a family tree and neither does my Uncle.
However, my uncle DOES have A LOT of information and history on the Duplaga's.
He has many stories as well, that I can't wait to hear.
When I visit him this year, I will ask him to give me this information and I will try and make a family tree.
I'll keep you posted.
mwhary - | 16
9 Feb 2012 #36
Mr. Duplaga,

You bring up some interesting thoughts in response to the Posts of Polonius3-it would be nice if we could all put our heads together to figure it out!

I did not mention in my Post #11 that My grandfather and my Great Uncle Walter settled in Cleveleand, Ohio. GUncle Walter had about 8 children. Is there any chance you are associated with the Du Plaga's in Ohio? Other than this line of Duplaga's-I have not come across anyone else, or seen the name spelled as "Du Plaga."

I'm happy to hear you will be visiting your Uncle this year--may I kindly request that you possibly video tape or voice record your questions and answers with him. I think you will appreciate having such a documented item in the future-if not just to be able to hear his voice someday later! And I hope you will at the very least make photocopies for yourself of any notes, names & addresses that he may have written down over the years! Also, old letters, envelopes or post cards and photos would be wonderful to have at least copies of , if not the originals. This is a real Plus for genealogical research. May I also suggest that you visit the Domaradz Cemetery and take photos of all the Duplaga graves and any others, that you learn from your Uncle that are related to your Duplaga Line?? You are very lucky to be able to travel to visit this year and you can turn this trip into a real Genealogical Experience. It is costly and very time consuming to obtain this info from other sources, so since you will be there yourself, you may find it to be a rich and rewarding experience. You have not mentioned how much research if any you have done?? Perhaps you are just starting to get into this and happened to find this forum?

You had mentioned that he currently lives in Krakow--Do you know exactly where he was born? My research has taken me mainly to Brzozow, but also to Stara Wies-2miles away and Golcowa-6miles away, I do know that there are some Duplaga's in Domaradz-which is more like 10 miles from Brzozow and I am attempting to make some inquiries there.

It is interesting that your Uncle was curious enough to make inquiries in Domaradz, yet he did not formally put together a Family Tree-perhaps when you visit, you will find a LIST of the various family members he thought or knew about over the years?

From what I can figure-besides learning the names of all our "Great" Grandparents and above--the second important thing is to be able to find the names of each of their Siblings, and this proves a bit more difficult. It is these siblings that lead off into the other Family Lines that we need identified so that we can make Connections to learn how and at what point on the family tree we are related.

I listed my email address for you and I do hope you will keep in touch, or contact me for further information that may be helpful to you! I do have a Spam Blocker, so it would be helpful to know what your email address is so that I can Authorize it to come through the system!

Thanks for another informative Post,

To: nangel
My reply to you is long overdue, since you wrote in July 2011. Thank you for writing and I apologize, I had illness in the family and I hadn't checked the Forum for quite awhile, until someone alerted me to the recent new Post! Actually, one of the people that I have been working with is your Cousin "George K." and he had told me about being in touch with you some time ago! Your Duplaga Line is from Golcowa and mine is from Brzozow, so I already knew this. At the present time, George & I have not found a connection but we continue to work on it, and when we do, I would think it should include your Duplaga line.

How is your research going? Do you have actual Documents from your Duplaga Line? Do you have any OLD family photos that may be from Poland---Another Duplaga researcher and I have made a connection through a photo that we are working on trying to figure out-but it tells us that our families MUST have been related.

I look forward to your reply and you are welcome to write to my email as listed in one of the above posts and forward any OLD polish photos you may have.

My Best to you,
basimara 1 | 30
11 Feb 2012 #37
Mr. Duplaga,

I am a friend of Maryanne and we have been exchanging information on our Duplaga's. Just curious, are you related to any of the following surnames: Data, Kedra or Nastal?


30 Jan 2013 #38
Hello Everyone!!!

If anyone still checks this message board please EMAIL ME!

Appearently, my last name was originally and when my grandfather Karl Doplaga came over they changed DuPlaga to Doplaga.

Does anyone know any truth about this?

Some one please contact me as it would be great to share some family information with the rest of you.

Once again my email address is: Adam2k1@hotmail

Thank you!
5 Feb 2013 #39
Domaradz inhabitant
Hi everyone. I live in Domaradz and this discussion seems very interesting. Duplaga surname has been very popular in Domaradz area and it seems highly unlikely that they came to Domaradz area as late as 1813 as they wouldn't be as common as they are now. Mind you, Duplaga is one of the most common surnames in the area. Morover, Mwhary claims to have traced Duplaga family back to 1770. In that case, the theory about the French origin and the veterans of Napoleonic wars does not make sense as the wars took place much later and the defeat in Russia took place in 1813.

Piotr Czerwiński
mwhary - | 16
23 Feb 2013 #40
Hi Piotr,

Thanks for joining this "Duplaga" thread. I have been hoping to come in contact with someone from this region who could also speak English. I am very committed to my genealogy research, and need to know more about the region. I am aware that the Duplaga's appear to have originated in Golcowa, according to a book that I have of Golcowa. The book shows a map with an outlined area stating the "tribe of Duplaga's originated there. However, my Duplaga's are traced back to the late 1700's i"n Brzozow." Through Church records, I was told that all the Duplaga's in Brzozow were related to me. It appears that someone in my line must have moved to Brzozow, and I'm guessing from either Golcowa, Stara Wies or Domaradz. Do you have any way to check for addresses or phone numbers of current Duplaga's in Brzozow? I do know of a watchmaker. He & I have chatted, but we didn't find an "immediate common relative" and he does not have time or interest to continue the work of going back in his family line. I would be interested to discuss this further by email, so I could provide more info to you. Please contact me at mwduplaga@gmail I would appreciate it if you could contact me directly. At one time I contacted a official from the Golcowa town website, to see if he could answer some questions, but he did not reply.

13 Feb 2014 #41
Kamil Duplaga Brzozow

I was born in Reszów because the Brzozów hospital was closed at the time of my birth. I lived in Brzozów for 15 years before moving to the USA. My grandparents still live in Stara Wieś, Eugeniusz and Czesława Duplaga. My great-grandfather and great-grandmother also lived in Stara Wieś and most of my family live there as well. My grandfathers cousin's daughter visited Stara Wieś when I was very young but I remember it. Her name was Michelle and she came from the USA to find out more about her family. If you have any information regarding the Duplaga family please send me a message. Dziękuje.
mwhary - | 16
16 Feb 2014 #42
Hello Kamil Duplaga Brzozow,

I am happy to hear from another Duplaga. This Forum has had no participation for quite some time.
Do you currently have family that lives in Brzozow. Or do you only have family in Stara Weis? Do you have any names of family members that go further back than your current grandparents that live in Stara Wies? If you have the names of Great Grandparents AND the names of their siblings, that would be very helpful. Perhaps you can ask your Grandparents to tell you the names of any ancestors above them?

Some "Duplaga's" settled in Cleveland, Ohio. Do you know where your relatives settled?
I can also be contacted at mwduplaga@gmail
Your answers to the above questions will be very helpful to us, Thank you for writing.
basimara 1 | 30
16 Feb 2014 #43

My friend Maryanne, (mwhary), alerted me that they was a "Duplaga" inquiry on this forum. We have been working together in finding a familial connection as we both have Duplaga's in our families. My materna grandmother was Katarzyna Duplaga and she was from Stara Wies. She was born in 1903. She Married my grandfather Stanislaw Data from Stara Wies. He was born in 1899. They came to New Jersey in 1920's settling in Linden. Anything sound familiar to your family? If so, please let me know. Thank you.

3 Mar 2014 #44
hi maryanne....i am from golcowa and my father thats now 95 would know everything you want to know....i went to school there with janina can contact me at celinastraughn@hotmail
28 Apr 2014 #45
The guy who came to Poland from France was Martinus Duplaga.
mwhary - | 16
28 Apr 2014 #46
Hello Kamil1990,

Good to hear from you again!
Do you have any idea of an approximate year that Martinus went to Poland from France ?? Is Martinus in Your family line?
The question would be if he was the First Duplaga to go to Poland and settle there and if his family grew from that point on.

What type of information are YOU seeking on the Duplaga's? Do you have the names of any Duplaga's that came to America in the early 1900's that may be related to YOU?

Cathy & I look forward to more conversation with you,
basimara 1 | 30
29 Apr 2014 #47

Is it known in your family that Duplaga originated in France?

3 May 2014 #48
Greetings fellow Duplagans!

I am delighted to see other members of the Duplaga tribe interested in figuring out our origins.
We can be sure that all Duplagas do indeed have Polish blood, yet the origin of the name remains a mystery.
I have read many theories ranging from Ukrainian to French.
Would it be possible to hire a private investigator to finally solve this mystery?

Chicagoan Duplaga
Astoria - | 155
3 May 2014 #49
yet the origin of the name remains a mystery.I have read many theories ranging from Ukrainian to French.Would it be possible to hire a private investigator to finally solve this mystery?

There is no mystery. Duplaga is an old Polish name (could also be Polish-Ukrainian). According to Polish academic etymologists (professional linguists), Duplaga comes from Old Polish dupla "hollow in the tree." See here (in Polish):

However, Old Polish dupla evolved into modern dziupla. Interestingly, no one in Poland is named Dziuplaga or Dziupla, but there are 376 Duplagas and 110 Duplas. This suggests ancient origin of Duplaga name (perhaps 17th, 16th century or earlier) - before dupla evolved into dziupla. This map shows spread of Duplagas in Poland:

We can see that the most probable origin of the name was in the south-eastern Poland (Rzeszów, Krosno, Jasło) and Ukraine. The Duplagas in the south-western Poland (former German territory) are not natives there. They were moved there from Ukraine when the borders changed after WW II.
4 May 2014 #50

Thank you for responding so quickly.
I am happy that Duplaga is of Polish origin.
Kamil posted about a Frenchman named Martinus Duplaga settling in Poland.
Do you know what the connection between the Duplagas and France is?

Chicagoan Duplaga
mwhary - | 16
5 May 2014 #51
Hello Chicago & Astoria,

My line of Duplaga's is traced back in the same Parish of Brzozow,Podkarpackie, to the late 1700's. The Golcowa "Green Covered Book" has a map showing where a tribe of Duplaga's originated in the region surrounding Brzozow. I am hoping to get at least some pages of this book translated by the end of the year, as I may have a volunteer to help me out with it. I will certainly share it on this Forum, if we discover any pertinent information in the book.

I have made attempts to locate a person in that region who can do some research for me, but there seems to be a lack of English speaker's available, or English speaker's with a computer and the time or interest in doing the research.

Few people in Poland really understand the American's Interest in digging up old information about ancestor's, which I find difficult to understand as their cemeteries are full of candles and flowers in honor of their deceased loved ones. So certainly they must have connections to those above them. In addition, the issue of privacy and distrust of telling complete strangers personal family information is daunting to get beyond.

I hope that both of you and all other Duplaga's who stumble upon this Forum will set your Forum Settings to Notify you every time a new Post appears, then come back to contribute any information that you may have gained since your last visit. If we all keep pooling our information and questions and thoughts, we will hopefully solve this mystery of the Origin of the Duplaga's.

I encourage all of you to continue to learn more about your individual Duplaga lines. There are so few of us that certainly, we must all be related. However, finding the connection is dependent upon knowing who your Oldest Ancestors are and their Birth dates, so we can piece this puzzle together. Without the Ancestor Line information, it is impossible to finish the puzzle.

Anyone who still has older family members alive~please continue asking them questions about 'Family Stories" that they have heard. My research has taught me that the info we get from the family is very valuable.

Best Wishes to all,
mlduplaga - | 1
31 May 2014 #52
Hi kamil

I visited your grandparents in 1996 in Stara Weis.

Michelle Duplaga
mwhary - | 16
1 Jun 2014 #53
Hello Michelle,

This is MaryAnne-thank you for writing to Kamil--would it be possible for you to tell us a bit about your Duplaga Ancestors and if you learned anything interesting about the Duplaga surname in this region of Poland?

Are you possibly related to an Anna Duplaga that immigrated to America and ended up in Ohio?

16 Jul 2014 #54
Hi. I just came across your blog. I just returned from Starweis and was hunting up graves for my family name of "Dragula". My cousin is the head of the region there and he was able to help me find our family's original land plot and many other helpful things, while I was there. I would recommend going there if you can and do a search of the grave yard. However, don't be surprised if you don't find anything before 1950. It seems the population is growing and rather than to make new grave sites, they are just building over the ones that have been left unattended and building over them.
mwhary - | 16
13 Sep 2014 #55

Sorry for the delay in seeing your post. Thank you for the above information regarding the graveyard situation. I was wondering, if you know if there are Offices on the graveyard site that handle the burials and can possibly guide someone to a site location or if they might have any Records on the site of who was buried and when? Do you know who it is that runs the graveyard operations-Is it the Town, or the County or is it Always the Parish Church? I am assuming that grave yards next to a Parish church are always run by the Parish, but I could be incorrect.

Any further information you can share with us is appreciated.

OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
14 Sep 2014 #56
DRAGULA: multiple potential srurces i ncluding draga (a type of anchor for dredging lake bottoms) and pet form of Drogosław or Drogomir (old first names). Also Dragulea from which the name Dracula evolved.
19 Nov 2014 #57
This is really cool everybody... I'm a Duplaga and have always been interested in this stuff!
mwhary - | 16
8 Jan 2015 #58
Hi tg12,

Can you tell us who your grandparents were and if you have any information on your ancestral line and where the originated from in Poland? Where does your family live?

Duplaga is a relatively rare name in Poland, and some of us are trying to find how we are all connected.

OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
8 Jan 2015 #59
I happened to stumble across the Duplaga surname in France. Some Polish Duplagas were wondering if it maybe was of French origin and had originally been Deplage or De La Plage, but it turns out that it is found in France in precisely that form: Duplaga.

En France : 71 personnes portent le nom de famille Duplaga selon nos estimations
Le Duplaga est le 122 804ème nom le plus porté en France.

Tout savoir sur le nom de famille Duplaga :
Répartition par département - Données par département - Classement par département
Cette carte affiche la répartition par département du Duplaga en France. Par exemple, on voit ci-dessous que plus de 5 % des français ayant Duplaga pour nom de famille vivent dans le 44 (Loire-Atlantique)­.
mwhary - | 16
9 Jan 2015 #60
Hi Polonius3,
Here's the Translation of the info you provided in your post:

"In France: 71 people bear the surname Duplaga according to our estimates

The Duplaga is the 122 804th most name in France.
Know everything about the family Duplaga name:
Distribution by Department - data by Department - ranking by Department
This map shows the breakdown by Department of the Duplaga in France. For example, we see below that more than 5% of the french having Duplaga surname live in 44 (Loire-Atlantique)"

It appears to be telling us how many "Current" people in France have the Surname of Duplaga. If I'm correct then it may just be telling us how some Duplaga's that went to France at any time or may have become "Displaced People of Poland" and then ended up in France circa the 1930's-1950's, and have grown as a family over the years to now have 71 members. I don't see anything that indicates they 'originated' there. Have I missed something?

Polonius3~Do you have any suggestions on a next step to get deeper research in France? My past efforts have not produced anything at all! I see that Loire-Atlantique is a location in France-it is called a 'department' but seems to be a Town?

Thanks for this information as it gives me hope to discovering the origin of the Duplaga name in France at some point in time!

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