OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448 30 May 2015 #3,811The "-owski" ending usually inidcates s surname's toponymic (place-name) orign. So it would not refer ot ethnicity put to one's home locality. There are places in Poland called Cygany, Cyganówka and Cygańskie (Gypsyville, Gypsytown, Gypsyburg, etc.) which could have generated your nickname-turned-surname. So Józio Cyganowski would be the equivalent of Joe from Gypystown. In PA there's a city called Germantown, but not only those of German extraction live there although the original founders centuries ago probably were.Note: For more information on this please contact me.