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What does my Polish name mean?

13 May 2020 #301

Jaskiewicz origin and meaning

I am trying to find the regional origin of my last name. Some have speculated that it is Ruthenian, but my family Polish.
13 May 2020 #302

This surname comes from the Polish name Jan (one of the most common in the Polish history)
Definitely Polish.
9 Aug 2020 #303
looking for the meaning and origin of names Gursky, Rachwal, Wesolowski, Elczuk, Zemska
kenski - | 1
9 Aug 2020 #304


Hello, I am looking for information about the name "BIALOSUKENSKI" which is listed as a Polish Jewish name. I am interested in this name because it seems to correspond to my name "BELOSOUKINSKI" which is written this way on French papers. I did not find any other correspondence knowing that my family comes from ODESSA and came to FRANCE in 1917. On the list of victims of the SHOAH figure many assassinated BIALOSUKENSKI. Could you help me confirm that "BELOSOUKINSKI" and "BIALOSUKENSKI" are the same last name? Alas, I was born in France, I never learned Polish and I always thought that I was Russian, because my family comes from ODESSA and that on the French papers appears that my great-grandfather comes from Russia. Thank you for your help and your light.
cleveland0426 - | 1
16 Sep 2020 #305

Need help finding information on surname Podwika

I am helping my family find information on their past relatives the surname is Podwika his grandfather John Podwika came to the states abt 1905-1909 from poland his death record says he was born on Jan 28 1887 in Brzozowa Poland from my understanding there are several places with that name i dont have much information to go on other then is fathers and mothers name was Josephus Podwika and Anna Uchwat
pawian 176 | 14,299
18 Sep 2020 #306
Podwika means Wimple in English.
Wbrudnick - | 1
21 Sep 2020 #307
My grandparents came from Poland. I believe from the Warsaw area. Last name was Brudnicka and Scislowicz. I would appreciate any information on the meaning of these names.
pawian 176 | 14,299
22 Sep 2020 #308
Brudnicka is connected with brud - dirt, filth. Imagine the name Joe Dirtnick - how does it sound?
Ścisłowicz sounds more neutral - ścisły means tight or precise. Imagine AbrahamTightovitz - how does it sound?
kaprys 3 | 2,503
24 Sep 2020 #309
Brudnicki might have also originated from a place name like Brudnica, Brudno or Brudnia.

17 Dec 2020 #310
Can anyone weigh in on the name Muniak? Would I be right to assume it would mean someone from Munich?
pawian 176 | 14,299
17 Dec 2020 #311
Not really Munich coz the Polish name of the city is Monachium, with ch uttered as h.
2 Jan 2021 #312
I've tried to find the origin of my last name for years, but have come up empty. Hopefully someone here has an answer. Kielkucki
gumishu 11 | 5,603
2 Jan 2021 #313

it means from/of Kielkuty (or possibly Kielkut) where Kielkuty is a place name (most probably a village) - the place can't be found in present day Poland and it sounds like a polonized Lithuanian place name

there is a village Kiełkuty near Olsztyn in Poland but the area was not part of Poland before 1945

(as an afterthough Kiełkuty may be the origin of your surname but it's not certain)
pawian 176 | 14,299
2 Jan 2021 #314
(as an afterthough Kiełkuty may be the origin of your surname but it's not certain)

Niothing is certain but there is no better explanation so let Kiełkuty be the best origin until sb else decides sth different.
20 Feb 2021 #316
Could I get some help? My family name is Bromke, and I would love to know what it means if possible.
Looker - | 1,076
21 Feb 2021 #317
Brom in Polish just means Bromine.
gumishu 11 | 5,603
21 Feb 2021 #318

Bromke is most probably a German surname and not Polish
jon357 66 | 16,965
21 Feb 2021 #319
Bromke is most probably

Most if not all German surnames ending in -ke are of Polish, Wendish or Czech origin.

Most people with the surname live in Poland. There are very few and they are mostly in Wielkoposka or Slask.
jon357 66 | 16,965
21 Feb 2021 #320
Perhaps from a village that has now been renamed or from the Polish word "brama", or gate.

There's a famous building in Warsaw called the Kamienica Adama Bromke.

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