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 Kowalewski 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, Kowalewski is one of the most common surnames in contemporary Poland.
Early Origins of the Kowalewski family
The surname Kowalewski 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 Kowalewski family
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Kowalewski Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Kowalski, Kowal, Kovalski, Kovel, Kovalski, Kofax, Kowalczyk, Kowalik, Kovaricek, Kovarik and many more.
Early Notables of the Kowalewski family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kowalewski family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kowalewski Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Adolf Kowalewski, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Gelanance, Russia, in 1907
- Adam Kowalewski, aged 33, who landed in America from Waidbudisghi, Russia, in 1909
- Aleksander Kowalewski, aged 21, who settled in America from Jawowo, Russia, in 1910
- Adalbert Kowalewski, aged 34, who landed in America from Skolki, Germany, in 1912
- Adam Kowalewski, aged 35, who settled in America from Rachwalowice, Russia, in 1913
Contemporary Notables of the name Kowalewski (post 1700)
- Günter Kowalewski (1943-1972), German wrestler who competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics
- Dr. Gerhard Kowalewski (1876-1950), German mathematician who introduced the matrices notation