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Wilczak; Mary and John came from Lipinki


jjbella 1 | 6
30 Oct 2013  #1
Can someone please give me any information on the last name Wilczak
Astoria - | 155
31 Oct 2013  #2
Wilczak: first recorded in 1426; from wilk "wolf." Currently, 3116 Wilczaks live in Poland.
OP jjbella 1 | 6
31 Oct 2013  #3
thanks Astoria!
do you know what region in Poland the Wilczak name is prominent in?
is there a coat of arms for Wilczak?
on what account did the name Wilczak first appear in 1426?

many thanks and I look forward to your reply!!!
Astoria - | 155
31 Oct 2013  #4
do you know what region in Poland the Wilczak name is prominent in?

Oświęcim: 218
Chrzanów: 177
£ańcut: 130...
Here is the map for Wilczak by county and city:
moikrewni.pl/mapa/kompletny/wilczak.html

is there a coat of arms for Wilczak?

Yes. This is the official Wilczak Coat of Arms:

on what account did the name Wilczak first appear in 1426?

I don't know. Most likely in a parish document.
OP jjbella 1 | 6
31 Oct 2013  #5
thank you very much Astoria! the coat of arms joke was very clever, I appreciate the humor. Oświęcim = Auschwitz correct? is there any ww2 relevance here? How do I find records from Wilczak relatives in these Polish cities?
Astoria - | 155
1 Nov 2013  #6
Oświęcim = Auschwitz correct?

It depends on the language:
English (Wikipedia): Oświęcim=Oświęcim
Czech: Oświęcim=Osvětim
Slovak: Oświęcim=Osvienèim
Yiddish: Oświęcim=Oshpitsin
Russian: Oświęcim=Освенцим
Latin: Oświęcim=Osswencimen or Osviecimensis
Only in German: Oświęcim=Auschwitz
Oświęcim is an ancient Polish town dating to the 12 century. Auschwitz-Birkenau was a German built and operated extermination camp located in and around Oświęcim in occupied Poland.

is there any ww2 relevance here?

There is a connection between Wilczaks and Auschwitz-Birkenau: a dozen Wilczaks were inmates there. One was Jewish - Lejb Wilczak. He was murdered. The rest were probably all Polish Catholics. One survived, five were murdered, according to A-B Museum records:

pl.auschwitz.org/m/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=97

How do I find records from Wilczak relatives in these Polish cities?

I'm not an expert on that. But first you have to find out which localities in Poland your relatives came from. Then you can contact relevant local governments or parishes and request records.
OP jjbella 1 | 6
1 Nov 2013  #7
Astoria
wow thank you so much, so interesting, I cannot wait to get to work on this!
last request I have is if you could please point me in the right direction as to where I can contact some town or people to gather wilczak family information

thanks a bunch!
Astoria - | 155
2 Nov 2013  #8
last request I have is if you could please point me in the right direction as to where I can contact some town or people to gather wilczak family information

You're approaching it the wrong way. You cannot search for your ancestor among 3116 Wilczaks living in hundreds of localities and parishes in Poland. First you have to find out which locality your ancestor came from and in which year. If, for example, your ancestor came to the USA through Ellis Island, you have to search the archives there, ships' logs. Only when you have the locality and the year, then you can try to contact the local government or parish. Or you can try ancestry search sites on the internet; there are many.
OP jjbella 1 | 6
2 Nov 2013  #9
John Wilczak 1898 from Lipiniki Galicia. Anything you can do to help me with that information?
Astoria - | 155
3 Nov 2013  #10
It's not Lipiniki, it's most likely Lipinki. There are 10 villages called Lipinki in present day Poland, 3 - I think - in former Galicia:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipinki,_Lesser_Poland_Voivodeship
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipinki,_Bia%C5%82a_Podlaska_County
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipinki,_Che%C5%82m_County

It's not much, but it's a start. The rest is up to you. Good luck.
OP jjbella 1 | 6
3 Nov 2013  #11
Lipnica Wielka, Orawa - Galicia
Does that make any sense??
Astoria - | 155
3 Nov 2013  #12
Lipnica Wielka, Orawa - GaliciaDoes that make any sense??

Well, it does make sense because there is Lipnica Wielka in Orawa region. In fact, there are 2 villages of the same name in Lesser Poland Voivodeship:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipnica_Wielka,_Nowy_Targ_County
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipnica_Wielka,_Nowy_S%C4%85cz_County

There are over 50000 villages in Poland, so if you are down to 2 that's a good start.
OP jjbella 1 | 6
7 Nov 2014  #13
Merged: Wilczak; Mary and John came from Lipinki

Can someone please help me find info on my family name and where they came from?
my great great grandparents were Mary and John Wilczak and they came from Lipinki


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