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-ski/-ska, -scy/ski, -wicz - Polish surnames help

Nickidewbear 23 | 609
10 Oct 2014 #151
"stsi"? Or could that be a form of "ski" or a Polonized form of the Italian "schi", which could come form "ski" in the first place?
16 Oct 2014 #152
Surnames ending in "owicz" are typically Polish and Catholic. It was the advent of the Josefinian Laws in the mid 1800's that required Jews living amongst gentiles in Eastern Europe to adopt a Germanized Surname. "Owitz" was the German spelling and thus most Jews were indeed required to adopt this Germanized Spelling Variant. Of course there are always exceptions and some were able to retain their original spellings of "owicz" if they had limited contact with the enforcers of these laws (ie. Tax Collectors, Federal or County Officials and Immigration Inspectors).
Nickidewbear 23 | 609
16 Oct 2014 #153
I did read somewhere that "Czyk" is typically Polish, "Owicz" typically Yiddish.
7 Nov 2014 #154
I am searching for any information on the surname Matykiewicz. My father-in-law said the name was polish but he never told my husband any more about his ancestors. It is possible he did not know. We don't know and cannot ask him now. What does the name mean? Where should I look for more information, which province, etc?
Nickidewbear 23 | 609
7 Nov 2014 #155
I could be wrong, though it looks to be an equivalent of "ben Mattityahu" (in others, the patronymic for "Matthew").
gumishu 13 | 6,140
7 Nov 2014 #156
I am searching for any information on the surname Matykiewicz.

it is a Belarussian or Ukrainian surname originally and a patronymic one - my guess is however Matyka is not a given name but a nickname (Matyka = Hoe)

there is however a possibility (but i think not very probable) that Matyka is a corrupted form of a given name Matthew (Matyj)

there is a new excellent thread on Polish and Eastern European surname suffixes by our long time user Paulina - read here
8 Nov 2014 #157
Thank you. This has been helpful. Still need a voivodeship or province to start looking for more information. But this is quite enlightening. Thank you
Nickidewbear 23 | 609
8 Nov 2014 #158
Try JewishGen. e.g.,

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and JewishGen All Poland Database
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and JewishGen
All Poland Database

3 Dec 2014 #159
I was wondering if anyone could help me identify the following names.


I would greatly appreciate any and all help!

Mostly just interested in Żółkiewicz.
12 Oct 2016 #160
Your story sounds so similar to mine,
I am researching (sieniszkiewicz) my late Grandfathers name.
As he died when I was quite young I knew nothing about were he came from, but by going through shipping records,i found a photo of him.

His mothers name was Stanislawa and fathers name was Josef,
could this be a relation to you?
10 Nov 2016 #161


Feel free to contact me too, as we all might have links to this family tree.

My name is Quustyn and my mother Sharon was the eldest daughter of Kazimierz Sieniszkiewicz who is your brother.
I have a family tree album with all these information you state, which you have might even wrote as your past was 2 years ago.
Feel free to get in touch with myself.

DO NOT spam please.
2 Jun 2017 #162
My family name is Jurewicz, and we came from Lublin, Poland. We are a very Catholic family, but there were rumors of some Jewish ancestry. Wow! Thanks to you all for your input.
5 Jan 2018 #163
maiden name Habrylewicz ......meaning ??
DominicB - | 2,707
5 Jan 2018 #164
Habrylewicz means "son of Gabriel".
5 Jul 2018 #165
My surname is sosinowicz, I'm curious to find out more about my roots and why when my dad came to the uk after the war he was called sosinovich
Jos. Abucewicz
15 Jul 2018 #166
"...wicz" is probably from proto-indo european evolved to the German "...witz", the Russian/Ukrainian "...vitz", the Anglo-Saxon "...wick(and variants like "...wykke", etc. These all imply a notion like "house of..." and/or "clan of...". There are many more similar suffixes derived from this essentially unknown(in modern times)language responsible for many modern linguistic anomalies in a great number of "modern" European-type languages.

Joseph Abucewicz (eipi01@yahoo)
Nickidewbear 23 | 609
20 Jul 2018 #167
Abramovich is a good example. :)

I'm not the only one whom cited that, then. :-) I still can't refind that article re "-owicz", though.
29 Apr 2019 #168
I am trying to find the history of my family names. It is proving to be very difficult. My grandmother's name was Trochimowicz. She had it changed to Trochim in the 1940's. I have always wondered if she had a Jewish background. I know her family was from Poland. Also, my grandfathers name was Rochnowski. Any idea on the meanings of these names?
Nickidewbear 23 | 609
29 Apr 2019 #169
Surname (phonetically like) : TROCHIMOWICZ
The Nowogrodek Province 1929 Polish Business Directory1
Grodno Gubernia 1912 Voters List2
The 1915 Vsia Vilna Database2
Rosenbaum Bank Passage Order Book Records 1
Dachau Concentration Camp Records1
Flossenbürg Prisoner Lists1
JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry - Canada - Ontario1
JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry - Israel1

[JRI Poland - 3 From Grodno Gubernia]

It's all right there!
Przelotnyptak1 - | 293
8 Dec 2019 #170
moved from

I know that those names given by someone as an example are not Jewish names in Poland, those are regular Polish names.

With the help of Polish "patriots," a la Ziem most outlandish lie will be excepted as truth if repeated countless times by master manipulator Lyzko and readily confirmed by know all Ziem. Of course, you know less than nothing, about anything, especially country of your birth, so don't try to comment unless you ask Ziem first

To stir an sh*t, Lyzko throws the bone of contention in the form of perfectly Polish names, claiming their Jewish origins, just because ending with WICZ instead of SKI, They assume the name is Jewish. WICZ may indicate the name originated in eastern regions of Poland, but not necessarily. Not one Brylewicz in the whole Old Testament.

The majority of Jewish names in Europe were borrowed; of course, Ziem knows better, because he knows.
kaprys 3 | 2,249
8 Dec 2019 #171
Urban is not a Jewish name. It's of Latin origin -name of some popes. Urban was Urbach or his father was. I don't know if it's typically Jewish surname either.

Why are Kwiecień or May considered Jewish as you stated? I read about Majewski -coming from the baptism of Frankists in May.
But do really all surnames deriving from months and days are for Jewish converts to Christianity? I read the same about Nowicki.
Now were converts converts from Judaism?
There's this author called Przechrzta. I wonder if it's his real name or if his ancestors were really converts.
As for names deriving from names of towns, they seem to be often used by Jews like Izrael Poznański. Bielski etc.

As for -wicz surnames it's obvious they come from Eastern territories. Some were used by ethnic Poles, some by Jews others by Muslim Tatars.
Przelotnyptak1 - | 293
8 Dec 2019 #172
Ski and wicz not much different at all Janowski becomes Janowicz, with Belaru's influence. Son of Jan, or from Janow (village or town)
Both are indicating a possible connection to nobility
Miloslaw 19 | 4,925
8 Dec 2019 #173
As for names deriving from names of towns, they seem to be often used by Jews

Poles did it too.
Zamoyski, Ostrowski, Krakowski, Tarnowski, the list is endless...... this is not a Jewish thing.
kaprys 3 | 2,249
9 Dec 2019 #174
The key word is 'often'. And we're not talking about szlachta like Zamoyski. Although sometimes Jews allegedly got noble surnames from the nobles who were their godparents at baptism.
johnny reb 49 | 7,098
9 Dec 2019 #175
this is not a Jewish thing.

It is commonly believed that "-sky" is a Jewish surname while "-ski" is not.
The correct spelling of this common surname suffix in Polish is "-ski", and Poles usually kept that spelling after immigration to America.
There are 14 to 15 million jews in the world yet only about 5% of them actually practice their faith.
Nickidewbear 23 | 609
17 Dec 2019 #176
According to JewFAQ, "-ский" is Jewish according to one of the website creator's friends from Moskwa. One of my relatives (though I am not sure how he was related) from Krynki, Podlaskie who became Russian Orthodox (I have no idea why) was a Чернецкий (I see his grave picture, too. A Teodor Czerniecki he was, I think.).

PS We're an ethnic group as well.
Miloslaw 19 | 4,925
17 Dec 2019 #177
The correct spelling of this common surname suffix in Polish is "-ski", and Poles usually kept that spelling after immigration to America

That is not completely correct.
Immigration to America caused some language difficuties and because many women spoke better English than their husbands, when they gave their names it was ska not ski or ka not ko.

Which is what was registered.
Nickidewbear 23 | 609
17 Dec 2019 #178
It depended on what the tickets and ship manifests read.
9 Mar 2020 #179
I've been trying to find information on my great grandfather, surname Janolewicz. trading above I see the "wick" = "son of". Can anyone help with the meaning of the rest and possible location? Thank you
jon357 74 | 22,054
9 Mar 2020 #180
Perhaps a variant of Janulewicz. Translates roughly as Johmson.

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