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Did Polish last names derive from city / village names?


BarnsMa 1 | 1
14 Apr 2022 #1
Was it unusual for Polish surnames to be the city or village they lived in? In my research, a cousin is saying my great grandmother's maiden name was Kaclowa. Isn't that a village neat Grybow?
Atch 17 | 4,043
14 Apr 2022 #2
Was it unusual for Polish surnames to be the city or village they lived in?

It's quite common.
Lyzko 34 | 8,321
14 Apr 2022 #3
Many Polish-born Jews and/or Jews of Polish shtetl origins typically in the US have city-derived names, e.g. Warsaw, Berliner etc.
As Jews moved from place to place, most adapted the name of the city or town in which they were currently residing.
pawian 190 | 19,155
14 Apr 2022 #4
grandmother's maiden name was Kaclowa.

My great grandfather`s aunt`s cousin`s name was Kacwawa. Then it was rare, but today - very popular.
cms neuf - | 2,068
14 Apr 2022 #5
Yes that happens - my own family are named after a village now in Belarus

But Kaclowa might come from Katzel - a quite common German name or from Kazatel - a Czech word for preacher
pawian 190 | 19,155
14 Apr 2022 #6
Katzel - a quite common German name

Catsel in English.
jon357 71 | 20,379
14 Apr 2022 #7
@pawian
Are you sure? I've not heard that word and don't see anything on Dr Google.
pawian 190 | 19,155
14 Apr 2022 #8
I've not heard that word

Strange. The net is full of it. :



jon357 71 | 20,379
14 Apr 2022 #9
Now that's a real kac/Katz.

Don't forget the Catsup...


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