Kovacs 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 Kovacs 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, Kovacs is one of the most common surnames in contemporary Poland.
Early Origins of the Kovacs family
The surname Kovacs 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 Kovacs family
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Kovacs 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 Kovacs family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kovacs family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Antonia Kowalski, who came from the port of Bremen to New York in 1868; Carl Kowalski, who arrived in Baltimore in 1868; Ernestine Kowalski, who arrived in New York in 1873.
Contemporary Notables of the name Kovacs (post 1700) +
- Frank Kovacs (1919-1990), American tennis player who from 1940 to 1951 was one of the best five in the world
- Ernie Kovacs (1919-1962), American comedian inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Bill Kovacs (1949-2006), American pioneer of commercial computer animation technology
- Louis Kovacs, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1924 
- David Kovacs, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2008 
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