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Where did the Polish Kowalewski family come from? What is the Polish Kowalewski family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kowalewski family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kowalewski family history?

Over the course of its history, the boundaries of Poland changed frequently and as a result, Polish names have much in common with other Slavic names in the way they are formed. Polish surnames often end with a diminutive suffix, such as "-owicz," "ak," "ski," or "ska." The family name Kowalewski is an occupational type of surname, derived from the occupation of blacksmith. This name is a derivative of the word "kowal" which means "blacksmith" and, since this used to be a rather common profession, there were many bearers of the name. In fact, Kowalewski is one of the most common surnames in contemporary Poland.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Kowalski, Kowal, Kovalski, Kovel, Kovalski, Kofax, Kowalczyk, Kowalik, Kovaricek, Kovarik and many more.

First found in Galicia which lies in southern Poland on the northern slopes of the Carpathians. It was overrun by Monguls in 1223. The region is composed of Polish and Ukrainian natives, the latter being to the east. The Ruthenian nobles adopted the Catholic faith and the Polish tongue. The surname became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kowalewski research. Another 257 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kowalewski History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kowalewski Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kowalewski Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Adolf Kowalewski, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Gelanance, Russia, in 1907
  • Adam Kowalewski, aged 33, who landed in America from Waidbudisghi, Russia, in 1909
  • Aleksander Kowalewski, aged 21, who settled in America from Jawowo, Russia, in 1910
  • Adalbert Kowalewski, aged 34, who landed in America from Skolki, Germany, in 1912
  • Adam Kowalewski, aged 35, who settled in America from Rachwalowice, Russia, in 1913

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  • Dr. Gerhard Kowalewski (1876-1950), German mathematician who introduced the matrices notation
  • Günter Kowalewski (1943-1972), German wrestler who competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics


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The Kowalewski Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kowalewski Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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