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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
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 | 19,716
23 Oct 2011  #4
1 of my students is a Kukuła.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,467
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


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 | 3,751
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.
kukula - | 2
9 Feb 2016  #9
Havn't searched for Kattowitz, Prussia (or German Empire).............thanks for the suggestion.....
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,467
10 Feb 2016  #10

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 20 | 6,324
10 Feb 2016  #11
Interestingly enough "kukkula" (with two 'k's') in Finnish means "flower", I believe.
Lyzko 20 | 6,324
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 | 12,467
13 Feb 2016  #15
Kulka in my family tree and one Kukielka

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:
singingfalls 3 | 50
13 Feb 2016  #16
Once again indebted to your expertise Polonius3. Thanks.
vmcgovern90 - | 1
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 20 | 6,324
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 1 | 1,665
22 May 2019  #19
Poland doesn't border Austria. Katowice is very close to Chorzów but both are far that place in Austria.

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.
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'słabrygida_16399
Other Kukulas including a Józef and a Stanisław
Lyzko 20 | 6,324
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 1 | 1,665
24 May 2019  #21
Kukula is derived from kukulka - cuckoo.
Lyzko 20 | 6,324
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 1 | 1,665
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 143 | 7,511
24 May 2019  #24

Ha, in my country we have KUKULELE
pawian 153 | 8,369
25 May 2019  #25
You mean that singer who performs Balkan-African music?
Crow 143 | 7,511
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 153 | 8,369
25 May 2019  #27
So, what does this singer mean when he sings Kuku Lele in this Balkan African style?

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