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Family name: Mucha


russe 1 | 3
24 Jun 2010 #1
Hello all, i am trying to trace the name Mucha from Lwow ,i believe my grandfather came from there and was stationed in England during WWII , his name was Henryk , he would have been in the Blackpool area at first in 1941 . Any help over the name etc would be greatly appreciated .
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
24 Jun 2010 #2
MUCHA: This is one of many insect-dervied nicknames typical of the Polish peasantry. Besides mucha (fly), others inlcude Świerszcz (cricket), Komar (mosquito), Żuk (beetle), Glista (worm) and Pająk (spider - although techncially a spider is not an insect).

CHA£UBIŃSKI: spelling variant of Hołubiński; root-word hołub/holub (Ukrainian/Czech for piegon = gołąb).
Trevek 26 | 1,702
24 Jun 2010 #3
There's a rather well-known (and media insipid) actress/celebrity called Anna Mucha.

There's a few more famous people on here (some also have English pages)
pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mucha_(ujednoznacznienie)
OP russe 1 | 3
25 Jun 2010 #4
Thank you ,and having looked this person up i wolud be delighted to be related to her! I am really looking to see now if i can place the name Mucha in the city/town of Lwow which is now in the Ukraine , if i wanted to research the name where would be best to contact.?
Trevek 26 | 1,702
25 Jun 2010 #5
to be honest, I don't know. probably someone else will have an idea.

If you mean 'the name' as in 'the family' then church records and state archives are useful (although it might be harder now it's in Ukraine and church records might be hard to trace).
OP russe 1 | 3
25 Jun 2010 #6
Yeah , i know, i have narrowed the person who i believe is my grandfather down , i just now need to proove than there was only one H. Mucha in the Blackpool area in summer 1941, i can search one set of service records only, whatever else i know i was a Mucha but would dearly like to know which one.
Trevek 26 | 1,702
25 Jun 2010 #7
Mucha in the Blackpool area in summer 1941, i can search one set of service records only, whatever else i know i was a Mucha but would dearly like to know which one.

How about Blackpool registry office/church records? perhaps Polish servicemen's associations in UK could help.
OP russe 1 | 3
25 Jun 2010 #8
I have contacted the APC who are sending me the records that maybe the correct person , i will try to see if my fathers birth was registered , and get any details of father from that , well done thank you ,
Peter 3 | 247
26 Jun 2010 #9
If he was part of the Polish Army under British command then have you checked with the Polish section, MoD to see if they have his service records? This should contain the names of his father and mother together with birth place and date. That should give you a good starting point for further research in the Polish parish archives.
Lyzko
26 Jun 2010 #10
I know a Czech man named "Mucha" (Christian name "Bohumil"), but maybe it's just a coincidence:-)
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
26 Jun 2010 #11
Mucha means fly in most if not all Slavonic languages.
Lyzko
26 Jun 2010 #12
Aha, many thanks there, Polonius!

From which German derives "Muecke" (flea), no doubt-:)
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
26 Jun 2010 #13
I beleive the original souruce is the Latin musca, in French it is mouche.
Lyzko
26 Jun 2010 #14
Makes all sorts of sense"-:)

Nice one, Polonius. You really DO have the wisdom of Hamlet's privy counselor, aptly named, sir!
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
28 Jun 2010 #15
There is also Joanna Mucha, the good-looking star MP of the ruling Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska).

BTW, isnt Mücke the German word for gnat? The English flea and German Floh share the same root.
zetigrek
28 Jun 2010 #16
I know a Czech man named "Mucha" (Christian name "Bohumil"), but maybe it's just a coincidence:-)

Maybe you mean Alfons Mucha? ;)
Boots1
28 Aug 2010 #17
Hi, I noticed you are looking up Mucha's family. My dad's dad is Mucha from wałbrzych area and I know he was part of the polish army for many years! eugeniusz was his first name!
daisy54 - | 1
27 Apr 2015 #18
Merged: Mucha surname. Searching for family in Poland

I would be very interested if anyone could point me in the the right direction of tracing family members from Warsaw, initially. My father's name was Mucha and he came as a young man to live in England after the war.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
29 Apr 2015 #19
MUCHA: Poilish word dor fly (way back apparnetly adopted from the Romance languages). The names of insects (Komar, Robak, Pająk -- I know spiders are not true insects!), farmyard critters (Koza, Kobyła, Baran, Karwa) and wildlife (Lis, Wiewióra, Zając, Sarna) were names normally used by peasants. But some peasants actually got ennobled and in fact there are three gentry lines amongst the bearers of the Mucha surname.

For more info on their coats of arms, where the Muchas are from, etc. please contact: research60@gmail


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