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

The Polish Kijowski surname is thought to be a habitation name created from the place named Kijewo, in northeastern Poland, between the cities of Torun and Inowroclaw. The surname created from this generally mean "one who hailed from Kijewo." The place name is most likely derived from the Polish word "kij," meaning "stick."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Kijowski, Kijowsky, Kijanski, Kijewski and others.

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. 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kijowski research. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1560 and 1442 are included under the topic Early Kijowski History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kijowski Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Piotr Kijowski, who was on record in Kansas in 1936


  • Janusz Kijowski (b. 1948), Polish film director, stage and opera director, screenwriter, and actor
  • Andrzej Kijowski (1928-1985), Polish literary critic and prose writer


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The Kijowski Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kijowski 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.

This page was last modified on 15 January 2013 at 16:17.

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