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

Kowalczyk Early Origins



The surname Kowalczyk 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.

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Kowalczyk Spelling Variations


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Kowalczyk Spelling Variations



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

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Kowalczyk Early History


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Kowalczyk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kowalczyk research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kowalczyk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kowalczyk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kowalczyk Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kowalczyk (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kowalczyk (post 1700)



  • Anthony Kowalczyk, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1942
  • David Kowalczyk (b. 1952), American poet, editor, and fiction writer
  • Tod Kowalczyk (b. 1966), American college basketball coach
  • Adam Kowalczyk, American musician
  • Walter Joseph Kowalczyk (b. 1935), former American football defensive back and fullback
  • Edward Joel Kowalczyk (b. 1971), the former American lead singer of the band Live
  • Justyna Kowalczyk (b. 1983), Polish Olympic cross country skier who won two gold, a sliver, and two bronze medals at the 2006, 2010, and 2014 games
  • Jacek Kowalczyk (b. 1981), Polish footballer
  • Henryk Kowalczyk (b. 1956), Polish politician
  • Maciej Kowalczyk (b. 1977), Polish footballer
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

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    7. White, Davis, and S. Jeanne. People of Polonia: The 1910 Census ward Two--Baltimore City Maryland, Part1. Baltimore, MD: Historyk Press, 1994. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Kowalczyk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kowalczyk 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 25 October 2015 at 22:40.

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