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rozumiemnic 9 | 3,515    
15 Sep 2016  #4,171

Polonius3 indicated that the surname Budzinski bears a coat of arms

anyone can make a 'coat of arms' for their name. Besides Polonius was probably trying to drum up business.
It is like someone with an English background wanting to know about, say, the surname, Fleming or Higgins.
Answer - there are thousands of them.

Peaches - | 2    
16 Sep 2016  #4,172

Thank-you gentlemen, I am well aware the task seems insurmountable. I am not deterred by the hard work however. I hope to find the answers I seek.
OP Polonius3 1,016 | 12,530    
2 Oct 2016  #4,173

Budzinski bears a coat of arms

here were nobles amongst thre bearers of both the Budziński and Budzyński srunames entitled to use the Dąbrowa coat of arams:
There was a second noble line amongst the Budzińskis who according to Tadeusz Gajl used the Poraj coa; Buzdiński/Budzyński are not listed in the wiki Poraj entry:
11 Oct 2016  #4,174

Hello, I'm new to this forum and would like some help about my surname.

It is spelled as Radaeski, but probably it was changed when my great-grandparents came to Brazil.
Other people of the family have it spelled as Radaieski, which made me think that maybe I should also look for Radajeski.

The maiden name of my great-grandmother was registered as Wladislawa Staczak.

Any help about meaning and places to search for will be welcome!
12 Oct 2016  #4,175

Kutas, I read some of your post from a few years back so I know what it means, but I'm more curious as to how or why one would get that name. The farthest back I've been able to trace is my great grandfather who moved from poland in the early early 1900's. Someone recently tried to tell me Jews in Poland at times were given derogatory last names and so I was curious if I might just be Jewish.

thanks for any information!
Buffalo2733 - | 2    
24 Oct 2016  #4,176

Merged: Surname Help


Is any one familiar with the surnames Pachucinski or Smolarczyk.
Sobie74 - | 1    
1 Nov 2016  #4,177

SOBIERALSKI: Most likely derived from Polish first names Sobiesław or Sobiestian (archaic dialectal form of Sebastian). It is definitely Polish

I was under the impression that Sobieralski was the Americanized/Evolved version of Sobieski from the research that I had conducted. Hmmm.... interesting. According to some research that I had conducted I also came up with this:

"SOBIESKI - The family reached the height of its power and importance in the late 16th and 17th centuries, when one of its members was elected King of Poland: John III Sobieski (Jan III Sobieski). The last male member of the branch of the family that began with John's grandfather...

Interesting that Sobieslaw comes up in this research. There may be something to the Americanization/Evolution after all.
Bartkowiak 5 | 114    
6 Nov 2016  #4,178

Merged: What's the origin of the name Tuga?

That's my maternal great grandfather's surname, he was supposedly Czech. So I got told that it could be a misspelling of the surname 'Tuha' which is still rare, but 'Tuha' is a female surname. Could anybody help me in the origins of the name? Thanks
Crow 144 | 6,737    
6 Nov 2016  #4,179

Interesting. You first needs to see what word `tuga` means in Polish or in Czech.

In Serbian `tuga` means `sadness`. But, I never heard for surname `tuga` in Serbian. There are only female archaic names: `Tuga`, `Tugoslava` and `Tugomira`. Also there are very archaic male names: `Tugomir` and `Tugoslav` that are practically abandoned in our time.
Bartkowiak 5 | 114    
7 Nov 2016  #4,180

Merged: What is the origin of the name 'Wyskwar'?

That's is my grandfather's maternal surname. It doesn't look not sound very Polish, what is its origin?
DominicB - | 2,602    
7 Nov 2016  #4,181

It's certainly Polish. "Wy" means "out". "Skwar" means "intense heat". "Wyskwarzyć" means "to subject something to intense heat so that something comes out", like frying bacon or rendering goose skin. "Wyskwar" is a noun derived from it.
Bartkowiak 5 | 114    
7 Nov 2016  #4,182

Which part of Poland does Wyskwar originate from?
DominicB - | 2,602    
8 Nov 2016  #4,183

Based on the present-day distribution of the name, most likely from the area around Puławy and Lubartów just north of Lublin in eastern Poland. There is a second concentration around Giżycko in northeastern Poland, but these people were almost certainly settled there after WWII, as it formerly belonged to Germany.

You're rather lucky that is a rather rare and apparently unique surname in Poland, with only 218 citizens bearing it.

Socratican - | 1    
19 Nov 2016  #4,184

Merged: Original location of the name Konopka

Can anyone tell me the location from which the name Konopka originates?
basimara 1 | 30    
23 Nov 2016  #4,185

Is Kachurka a polish surname?
25 Nov 2016  #4,186

Merged: Rekowski noble?

Good evening all,

Does anyone have information on the surname Rekowski?
Crow 144 | 6,737    
25 Nov 2016  #4,187

It must be from Racowski, meaning, its Serbian in origin.
Ironside 46 | 8,725    
25 Nov 2016  #4,188

Could be Rękowski. Whichever it is you need much more than a name to learn whether or not your ancestors were nobles.
25 Nov 2016  #4,189

Hi Crow,

Thank you for the response, I was in Krakow yesterday and polish man we met said there is a possibility that it was a noble name name from the town of Rekowo. Any thoughts on this?
25 Nov 2016  #4,190

Hi Ironside,

Thank you for the response, if you have thoughts on what I have just written to crow that would be great.

Where would you suggest I start?
Ironside 46 | 8,725    
25 Nov 2016  #4,191

Where would you suggest I start?

Search for your family name in armoires (books with crest and names) of Polish nobility. You can find some online, mostly in Polish, some in English but you would have to pay to use it.

I have already checked for you and there is ,Rekowski' in the records availed on line.
Still, doesn't mean you're a noble for that you should have make sure that one of your ancestor didn't change his name to Rekowski. Could be that your name is in fact Rękowski and that changes things.

I was in Krakow yesterday and polish man we met said there is a possibility that it was a noble name from the town of Rekowo. Any thoughts on this?

He was talking out of his backside. Although there is a small chance that he was right, remember that those helpful strangers are not experts.

As to Crow he is our Serbian storyteller - his obsession - Slaves and Serbians.
4 Dec 2016  #4,192

Hello all!
I'm curious to find out what I can about my surname, Plewnarz.
Oldest record I've found is from my great grandparents' immigration to Olean, NY in only 1940, so I have no idea if the name was different at all before

(not very close to my family, more comfortable asking strangers on the Internet)
And despite those grandparents being named Mary and Joseph I know there is Jewish heritage somewhere too.

Any details at all would be cool, it's not very common.
If it helps, I've always been told to pronounce it "plou - nars" like "soup cars", which I'm sure is probably wrong.

Thanks for your time!
6 Dec 2016  #4,193

My Siejwa relatives were from Lyra Woda (or Wola), Suwalki Poland (1850's)...any info? Googling doesn't hepl.

Also I am trying to learn the possible origins and meaning of my Grandmother's last name, Syczkowski.
6 Dec 2016  #4,194

Or Zyczkowski
8 Dec 2016  #4,195

Merged: Help with info on name Obliński?

Basically all I can find is minimal infornation at best, any idea where to look? Doesn't seem to be a very common name.
Chemikiem 5 | 1,081    
8 Dec 2016  #4,196

There are references on google to surname Olbiński, but I found nothing for Obliński.
Are you looking for background info on the name, or searching for ancestors?
Chemikiem 5 | 1,081    
8 Dec 2016  #4,197

Just looked on and there are quite a few people with the surname Obliński listed.
9 Dec 2016  #4,198

I would like to know if the surname 'Kallwitz' or 'Kallwiscz' might be of Polish origin? Also 'Ollof' or 'Olloff".
They are my ancestors, who were listed in Bauske, Latvia.
I would appreciate any information you might have.
Thanks, Inge
OP Polonius3 1,016 | 12,530    
9 Dec 2016  #4,199


The surname Kalwicz is nearly extinct in Poland but that does not mean it is of Polish origin. Simialr endings, usually patronymic indicators, have been used by all the Slavonic peoples and occur in Yiddish as well.

Olaf/Olof looks to be Germanic, probably Scandinavian.
Still, Latvia was part of the giant Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, once Europe's largest land empire.
Niemczura P    
11 Dec 2016  #4,200

I believe I've found real meaning of surname Niemczura - It's derived from Niemcz (existed since at least 14th century) a small village in kujawsko pomorskie, Poland Ura Is added to make it sound properly if it comes to place of origin in this case where Niemczak or Niemczowy, Niemczowski, Niemczurowski etc. would not be correct to Polish language etymology in grammar - It matches the origin because of first Niemczura bearing surname polacks from region of Bydgoszcz that've migrated to USA, most of them located in Ohio & Illinois are in fact located in the same kujawsko pomorskie county, state (województwo in Polish) so if I'm correct - Around year 1800 first Niemczura was an immigrant that either landed in New York, Ellis Island or Montreal, Quebec but did he had the surname already in Poland or created it in USA I do not know. If anyone bearing my surname wishes to ask about anything please feel free to contact me at I would love to finally unravel my surnames history, it's been bothering me and my family members for years. Shout out to all my brothers and sisters, it's cool to be sure we all had the same ancestor that created our lineage and to have one of the most rare surnames in the world.

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