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Research Guide Index General Genealogy Polish Genealogy Heraldry Periodicals Genealogical Bookstores General Genealogy Ancestry’s Guide to Research by J. Cerny and A. Eakle. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Publishing. A great book for beginning genealogists! Tracing Your Ancestry by F. Wilbur Helmbold. Another good resource for American genealogy. The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy by […]

Polish Surnames: Origins & Meanings, 3rd Ed., Book & CD

Author: William F. Hoffman (Third Edition, Revised)

Volume 1: Softcover; 2012; 260pp; 6”x9”
ISBN: 978-0-924207-13-6

Volume I consists of 12 chapters focusing on the history of surname development and name suffixes (such as ski, czak, owitz and more) and may serve to solve some the mysteries resulting from the twists and turns of family names. It also looks at the various categories into which names can be classified and other ethnicities—Czech, German, Lithuanian, Ukrainian and Jewish.

CD Volume II: ISBN: 978-0-924207-15-0

Volume II is an index of some 50,000 common surnames, organized by the roots the names are derived from, with an indication of the number of Polish citizens that bore each name as of 2002. The CD contains English and Polish font searchable PDFs.

Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings, 3rd Ed, 2 volume book set

Author: William F. Hoffman (Third Edition, Revised)

Volume 1: Softcover; 2012; 260pp; 6”x9”
ISBN: 978-0-924207-13-6

Volume I consists of 12 chapters focusing on the history of surname development and name suffixes (such as ski, czak, owitz and more) and may serve to solve some the mysteries resulting from the twists and turns of family names. It also looks at the various categories into which names can be classified and other ethnicities—Czech, German, Lithuanian, Ukrainian and Jewish.

Volume II: Softcover; 2012; 936pp; 6”x9”
ISBN: 978-0-924207-14-3

Volume II is an index of some 50,000 common surnames, organized by the roots the names are derived from, with an indication of the number of Polish citizens that bore each name as of 2002.

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ROSIEWICZ To: [email protected], who wrote: …My grandfather was born Jan Waclaw Rosiewicz. He changed his name to John W. Smith shortly after moving to the United States. He died long before I was born. Can you give me any information on the origin of this name? I believe he was from Eastern Poland. Rosiewicz is […]

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LICHOROBIEC … Hello, I am a bride to be of a Polish man with the surname Lichorobiec. I didn’t see it on the surname list and wondered if you had any information on this name. … Thank you, Jennifer Grafious Lichorobiec, that’s an interesting name, I’ve never run into it before. As of 1990 there […]

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FEDOSZ To: [email protected], who wrote: …I am researching my paternal grandfather’s surname, Fedosz. Any help would be greatly appreciated. My grandfather came to this country around the beginnng of the 1900’s, from a town near Warsaw,Poland. None of my sources mention Fedosz, but most names beginning with Fed- derive ultimately from Fedor or Fyodor, Eastern […]

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KOSTRZEWA – KOSTRZEWSKI To: “M. M. Kostreva” [email protected] … I asked you a question about Polish surnames some time ago, and you were kind enough to answer, so I would like to try you again. I have been researching my father’s ancestors who came from the Poznan area, and I found that the earliest ones […]

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WOJTKIEWICZ To: [email protected], who wrote: … Just found your page…very interesting. If you could, tell me anything you can about my maiden name Wojtkiewicz. The -ewicz suffix means “son of,” so Wojtkiewicz means “son of Wojtek, Wojtko,” something like that. The first part of the name could come from two sources: it can be a […]

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IWANOWSKI To: [email protected] (Joe Iwanowski), who wrote: …Any info on the name Iwanowski would be greatly appreciated. In Polish, surnames ending in -owski are usually derived from place names ending in -ow, -owo, -owa, -y, something like that. So Iwanowski probably started as a reference to the place the family came from, or an estate […]

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FUDALEJ To: Piotr Fudalej, [email protected], who wrote: …I’ve always been thinking about origin of my name and heard many theories concerning where it had come from, but actually never came across any good source of reference. Could you, please, give me more details about my surname or refer me to the source I can find […]

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JARMULOWICZ – RUTKOWSKI To: Dolores Kazantzis, [email protected], who wrote: …We’re going to Poland in April – unable to learn where my ancestors where born, but would love to know anything about my mother’s maiden name Jarmulowicz and my father’s name Rutkowski. As regards the name Jarmul~owicz (the l~ stands for the Polish slashed l, pronounced […]