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

The surname Szymanski is of Polish origins. The name is derived from the personal name "Szymon," and the characteristic Polish suffix "-ski," meaning "son of." Thus, the name Szymanski means "son of Szymon."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Sxymanski, Syzmanczewski, Syzmaniecki, Szzymaniecki, Szymanowicz, Szymanowski and many more.

First found in Polesie, the largest province of Poland. It is inhabited by Ruthenians, called Polesians, of Ukrainian descent. The main towns are those of Brest Litovsk, Pinsk, Kobryn, Kamenets, Litovsk, and Luninets. It was in this province that the renowned Radziwills and Sapiehas held their vast estates. Wolczyn was the seat of the Czartoryski family. 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 Szymanski research. Another 262 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1460 is included under the topic Early Szymanski History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Szymanski Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Szymanski, who landed in America in 1873
  • Andrzej Szymanski, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Szymanski Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Adam Szymanski, aged 26, who settled in America from Przynaziol, in 1905
  • Albert Szymanski, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Roschnowo, Galicia, in 1905
  • Andrzej Szymanski, aged 29, who landed in America from Haczyslaw, Russia, in 1906
  • Adam Szymanski, aged 24, who landed in America from Prewo, Russia, in 1913
  • Alexander Szymanski, aged 24, who landed in America from Nipliborz, Russia, in 1913


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  • Boleslaw Szymanski (b. 1950), American Distinguished Chaired Professor and Founding Head of the Center for Pervasive Computing and Networking, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Ignacy Szymański (1806-1874), nicknamed Colonel Ski, was a Polish and American soldier
  • Frank Szymanski (1923-1987), American football player and probate judge in Wayne County, MI
  • Richard "Dick" Szymanski (b. 1932), American NFL football center
  • Pawel Szymanski (b. 1954), Polish composer
  • Roman Szymański (1840-1908), Polish political activist, publicist, editor of Orędownik
  • Konrad Szymański (b. 1969), Polish politician and Member of the European Parliament
  • Antoni Szymański (1894-1973), Polish Army general
  • Grzegorz Szymański (b. 1978), Polish volleyball player
  • Jimy Szymanski (b. 1975), former tennis player from Venezuela


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  1. Stupnicki, H. Herbarz Polski Polish Armorial, 2 Volumes. London: Figaro Press, 1963. Print.
  2. White, Davis, and S. Jeanne. People of Polonia: The 1910 Census ward Two--Baltimore City Maryland, Part1. Baltimore, MD: Historyk Press, 1994. Print.
  3. Brückner, Aleksander. etymologiczy jezyka polskiego (Etymologica Dictionary of the Polish Language). Warszaga: Wiedza Powszechra, 1970. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Harper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Co., 1976. Print.
  6. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  9. Hoffman, William F. Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings. 2nd Ed. Chicago: Polish Genealogical Society of America, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0-924207-04-3).
  10. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
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The Szymanski Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Szymanski 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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