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

Early Origins of the Kowalsky family

The surname Kowalsky 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 Kowalsky family

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Kowalsky 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 Kowalsky family (pre 1700)

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United States Kowalsky migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kowalsky Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Isaac Kowalsky, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Kroonland" from Antwerp, Belgium [1]
  • Wladyslawa Kowalsky, aged 42, destined for Brooklyn, N.Y., arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "New Rochelle" from Danzig, Poland [2]
  • Jadwiga Kowalsky, aged 17, destined for Brooklyn, N.Y., arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "New Rochelle" from Danzig, Poland [3]
  • Sofia Kowalsky, aged 14, destined for Brooklyn, N.Y., arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "New Rochelle" from Danzig, Poland [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kowalsky (post 1700) +

  • Colonel Henry I. Kowalsky (1859-1914), American defense attorney who was employed by King Leopold II of Belgium as a lobbyist to the US government in favor of the Congo Free State
  • Aleksander Kowalsky (b. 1943), Croatian- Austrian classical music conductor
  • Elaine Kowalsky (1948-2005), Canadian printmaker and artists' rights campaigner
  • Rick Kowalsky (b. 1972), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey player who played from 1993 to 2005
  • Myron Kowalsky (b. 1941), retired Canadian politician, teacher, and former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan (1986-2007)

SS Alcoa Puritan
  • A.L. Kowalsky, American Radio Operator from Shipton, Pennsylvania, who was working aboard the SS Alcoa Puritan traveling from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Mobile, Alabama when it was torpedoed by U-boat U-507; he survived the sinking [5]


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J66G-2MG : 6 December 2014), Isaac Kowalsky, 08 Aug 1920; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York, ship name Kroonland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6X9-33J : 6 December 2014), Wladyslawa Kowalsky, 14 Nov 1920; citing departure port Danzig, arrival port New York, ship name New Rochelle, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6X9-33V : 6 December 2014), Jadwiga Kowalsky, 14 Nov 1920; citing departure port Danzig, arrival port New York, ship name New Rochelle, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6X9-33K : 6 December 2014), Sofia Kowalsky, 14 Nov 1920; citing departure port Danzig, arrival port New York, ship name New Rochelle, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Alcoa_Puritan_(1941) - (Retrieved 2018, February 8th)


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