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KUKULA ancestry


victorialynne 1 | -
12 Oct 2010  #1
hi. im trying to track my lineage to learn about my mom's family. i know her father's name was piotr kukula and he was born in 1922 in poland. his parents were jan and bregida. im told he had 3 brothers and 2 sisters. if anyone might be of relation or even might have known my grandfather (i know its highly unlikely but i can dream hah) i'd love any help i can get - victoria
yolanta
23 Oct 2011  #3
Just discovered your question.
I have done some research into my KUKULA ancestry and there are quite a few of them there. To find yours more easily you should find out where they lived.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
23 Oct 2011  #4
1 of my students is a Kukuła.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
24 Oct 2011  #5
KUKU£A: the cuckoo (bird); in modern Polish kukułka is the common name for the bird species but Kukuła is more common as a surname.
MediaWatch 10 | 945
24 Oct 2011  #6
KUKULA?????????

LOL

I like that name.

Its cute!

Like the name of a cat or a Teddy Bear or something.
kukula - | 2
9 Feb 2016  #7
Merged: Kukula ancestry

My grandmother's name was Anna Kukula (1900-1974). She lived in Katowice Poland, which is very close to Chorzów Poland. This is in southern Poland which is close to the Austrian Border. Her married name was Brankovsky, and they lived in Austria, close to the Polish border in a town called Laa an der Thaya. I cannot trace her family tree. I have seen some other spellings of Kukula (Kuchula, Kukul, Kukulia). I don't have info on siblings either. Can anyone help?
TheOther 5 | 3,697
9 Feb 2016  #8
Have you searched for Kattowitz, Prussia (or German Empire) already? That's the first thing you should do given the time frame.

familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bsurname%3AKukula~%20%2Bbirth_place%3AKattowitz~
kukula - | 2
9 Feb 2016  #9
Havn't searched for Kattowitz, Prussia (or German Empire).............thanks for the suggestion.....
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
10 Feb 2016  #10
kukula

KUKUŁA: cuckoo (in normal usage in diminutive form kukułka); typical peasant name dervied from the names of livestock, wildlife, tools, etc.
Hence Wrona, Kogut, Koza, Skowron, Byk, Lis, Łopata, Sito, etc.
Lyzko 22 | 6,534
10 Feb 2016  #11
Interestingly enough "kukkula" (with two 'k's') in Finnish means "flower", I believe.
:-)
Lyzko 22 | 6,534
10 Feb 2016  #13
The double 'k' for sure. The Polish spelling with a single 'k' may well be native Slavic, perhaps even of Hungarian origin (there again, the Uralic connection):-)
singingfalls 3 | 50
13 Feb 2016  #14
I have many Kulka in my family tree and one Kukielka. Southern Poland-Western Ukraine.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
13 Feb 2016  #15
Although at first glance these names may appear similar, they come from totally different roots:

KUKIEŁKA: diminutive of kukła (puppet).

KULKA: diminutive of kula (bullet, cannonball or any spherical object), hence "little ball". A coat of arms accompanies the Kulka surname.

For more info please contact: polonius3@gazeta.pl
singingfalls 3 | 50
13 Feb 2016  #16
Once again indebted to your expertise Polonius3. Thanks.
vmcgovern90 - | 2
22 May 2019  #17
Have found more information since my original post and just reaching out in case anyone may have common names within their family trees that I have since discovered. My Grandfather, Piotr Kukula (1922-1981) was born in Lencze, a small village outside of Krakow, Poland. He had siblings whose names were Yosej and Slanislav, as well as a sister, but I do not know her name. His parents were Jan Kukula (b.1875) and Brigyda Bielas (b.1888) (both also from Lencze). Jan's parents were Jan Kukula and Salomea Sawicka., and Brigyda's mother's name was Marianna but unsure of father's name.
Lyzko 22 | 6,534
22 May 2019  #18
I know of Polish company in Greenpoint, Bklyn., "MIKULA PLUMBING"
Again, the only Kukula's I know of are Finns:-)
kaprys 2 | 1,797
22 May 2019  #19
@kukula
Poland doesn't border Austria. Katowice is very close to Chorzów but both are far that place in Austria.

@vmcgovern90
Kukula sounds Polish enough to me.
A quick google search shows that there are still Kukulas in Lencze. You may try contacting the parish there. There was a mass for the late Józef and Paulina Kukula on May 3.

lencze.eu/parafia/intencje-mszy-swietych
It's hard to say if it was your grandad's brother as the village is not that small (about 1500 people accordingto wiki ) but there's a chance.

As for the names, the correct spellings would be : Brygida, Stanisław, Józef. The rest are spelled ok.

I think I have found your family's graves in Lencze

Jan and Brygida's
mogily.pl/lencze/kukułabrygida_16399
Other Kukulas including a Józef and a Stanisław
mogily.pl/lencze/pochowani
Lyzko 22 | 6,534
23 May 2019  #20
Any further evidence in your research to indicate some connection whatsoever, however remote, between "Kukula" and the Finnish "Kukkula"?
I realize that certain double consonants in Polish, such as "kk", for instance "Mikke-Korwin" do exist. It's simply that again, I knew somebody named

"KukKula" who was from Finland, and the name just stuck with me:-)
kaprys 2 | 1,797
24 May 2019  #21
Kukula is derived from kukulka - cuckoo.
Lyzko 22 | 6,534
24 May 2019  #22
Quite similar then to the original German "Kuckuck", as in "Kuckucksuhr" or "cuckoo clock or the bird.
Interesting if in fact there is zero relation to "Kukkula":-) Most intriguing.
kaprys 2 | 1,797
24 May 2019  #23
It's kukulka, cuckoo, Kuckuck , coucou, kukushka (plus lots of other koo koos in different languages) because of the sound the bird makes. I doubt the 'original' is German.
Crow 137 | 7,589
24 May 2019  #24
KUKULA

Ha, in my country we have KUKULELE
pawian 159 | 9,492
25 May 2019  #25
You mean that singer who performs Balkan-African music?
Crow 137 | 7,589
25 May 2019  #26
No. KUKU LELE is ancient female cry on funerals or when woman weep. In later time it was then generally accepted, by males also,... KUUKUU LEELEE.... when people complaint and in similar weak state. But, its mostly connected to woman. I myself, to put cross on myself, fortunately, can`t even remember did I ever used KUUKUU LEELEE.
pawian 159 | 9,492
25 May 2019  #27
So, what does this singer mean when he sings Kuku Lele in this Balkan African style?

youtube.com/watch?v=AmByNZfSYZI
vmcgovern90 - | 2
23 Jun 2019  #28
@kaprys
Thank you so much for all the information you have found! The link you provided for the graves is amazing as I have searched so much but never found this before. I appreciate your help.
Kukola
2 days ago  #29
My last name is Kukola but originally supposed to be spelt Kukula (no slash on l) and I'm seriously confused as to where this last name comes from. My parents are both mostly Romanian but my dad is mixed Hungarian (kukula comes from him) and my mom is mixed with Serbian. Where the hell is this last name from?
mafketis 20 | 7,170
2 days ago  #30
My guess is that it's a Hungarian version of a Polish or Slovak name or maybe a Hungarian spelling of Romanian cucul "the cuckoo"


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