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The surname Czaja was first found in Cracow a province of Poland which lies centrally, bounded by Kielce, Lublin, Silesia and Lwow The capital city is Cracow, said to be the intellectual center of Poland. The region is composed of Poles and Gorale (Highlanders) who speak their own dialect and wear picturesque costumes. The chief towns of the province are Cracow, Tarnow, and Nowy Sacz. 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. They were a part of the major Clan Debno and the first record was in 1482 when Adam Debno Tymkowicz Czajkowic was the major leader of both the clan and the area. The major clan Debno goes back to 1243.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Czajkowski, Debno, Czaykowski, Czaykowski and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Czaja research. Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the year 1757 is included under the topic Early Czaja History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Czaja Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Anna Czaja, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1897

Czaja Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Acquicszka Czaja, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Bogumia, Silesia, in 1906
  • Andrzej Czaja, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Tzkodna, Austria, in 1912
  • Adam Czaja, aged 28, who emigrated to America from Wladylawow, Russia, in 1913
  • Alexander Czaja, aged 32, who landed in America from Wladylawow, Russia, in 1913
  • Anna Czaja, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Witow, Russia, in 1913


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  • Mary Czaja (b. 1963), American businesswoman and politician, Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly (2013-)
  • Zbigniew Czaja, former Polish gold and silver medalist slalom canoeist
  • Jakub Czaja (b. 1980), Polish athlete who competed in the 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Dorota Czaja, Polish actress
  • Dr. Herbert Czaja (1914-1997), German Christian Democratic politician, Member of the Bundestag, the Parliament of West Germany, from 1953 to 1990
  • Emile Czaja (1909-1970), Hungarian professional wrestler, known by his ring name King Kong
  • Tino Czaja, German actor


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  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Co., 1964. Print.
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