Koval 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 Koval 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, Koval is one of the most common surnames in contemporary Poland.
Early Origins of the Koval family
The surname Koval 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 Koval family
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Koval 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 Koval family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Koval 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 Koval (post 1700) +
- Peter Kovál, American professional photographer and artist
- Robin Koval (b. 1955), American New York Times best-selling author and CEO and president of Truth Initiative
- George Abramovich Koval (1913-2006), American spy who acted as a Soviet intelligence officer for the Soviet atomic bomb project
- Gary M. Koval, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1998 
- Vitali Nikolayevich Koval (b. 1980), Belarusian professional ice hockey goaltender
- Vladimir Koval (b. 1975), Ukrainian former footballer who
- Viktoriya Oleksandrivna Koval (b. 1985), Ukrainian archer at the 2008 Summer Olympics
- Maksym Anatoliyovych Koval (b. 1992), Ukrainian football goalkeeper from Zaporizhya, Ukraine
- Carl A Koval, professor of Chemistry at the University of Colorado
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