Kovarik History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 Kovarik 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, Kovarik is one of the most common surnames in contemporary Poland.

Early Origins of the Kovarik family

The surname Kovarik was 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.

Early History of the Kovarik family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kovarik research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kovarik History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kovarik Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Kovarik family (pre 1700)

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United States Kovarik migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kovarik Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Matthew Kovarik, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kovarik (post 1700) +

  • Kristina Kovarik, American politician, Mayor of Gurnee, Illinois, 2005- [2]
  • Izidor Kovárik, Slovakian fighter pilot and flying ace in the Slovak Air Force, during World War II, credited with 28 aerial victories


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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