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The name Kozlowski is a proud emblem of the ancient Polish homeland. Over the course of its history, the boundaries of Poland changed frequently and 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. While the "patronymic" surname, which is derived from the name of the father, is the most common form of a hereditary surname in the Poland; there are also "occupational" surnames. An occupational type of surname, the family name Kozlowski is derived from the occupation of goat herd. This name is a derivative of the word koza which means goat and, since this used to be a rather common profession, there were many bearers of the name. In fact, Kozlowski is one of the most common surnames in contemporary Poland.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Kozlovski, Kozlovsky, Kozlowski, Kozlowsky and others.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kozlowski Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Abraham Kozlowski, aged 9, who emigrated to the United States from Visok, Russia, in 1908
  • Adam Kozlowski, aged 26, who settled in America from Leutvoeow, Russia, in 1913
  • Alexander Kozlowski, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Nowograd, Russia, in 1913
  • Adela Kozlowski, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • Aleksander Kozlowski, aged 32, who landed in America from Nowogrod, Poland, in 1922

  • Joseph Stanley Kozlowski (1912-1992), American portrait and watercolor artist
  • Stanley J. Kozlowski (1924-1972), American football fullback
  • Casey Kozlowski, American Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives
  • Michael John Kozlowski (b. 1956), American professional football safety
  • Benjamin Anthony Kozlowski (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher
  • Glen Kozlowski (b. 1962), former professional American football player
  • Brian Scott Kozlowski (b. 1970), American football tight end
  • Linda Kozlowski (b. 1958), American actress
  • Marian Kozlowski (1927-2004), Polish basketball administrator
  • Glenda Kozlowski (b. 1974), Brazilian journalist, television presenter and former bodyboarder

Kozlowski Historic Events

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Kost Kozlowski, Polish 3rd Class passenger residing in Clarksburg, USA returning to Poland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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    Other References

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    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Co., 1964. Print.
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    6. Davies, Norman. God's Playground: A History of Poland in Two VoGod's Playground: A History of Poland in Two Volumes. Revised Ed. London: Oxford University Press, 2005. Print. (ISBN 0-199253390).
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    9. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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    The Kozlowski Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Kozlowski 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.

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