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The surname Makowski is derived from the Polish root word "mak" meaning "poppy."


The surname Makowski was first found in Polesie, the largest province of Poland. It is inhabited by Ruthenians, called Polesians, of Ukrainian descent. The main towns are those of Brest Litovsk, Pinsk, Kobryn, Kamenets, Litovsk, and Luninets. It was in this province that the renowned Radziwills and Sapiehas held their vast estates. 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. The surname was first found in Krakow.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Makowski, Makosiej, Makowieski, Makulski, Makocki, Mekowski, Mikowski and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Makowski research. Another 324 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1496, 1610, 1623, 1644, 1662, and 1683 are included under the topic Early Makowski History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Makowski Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Friedrich William Makowski who emigrated to Texas in 1890 at the age of 24
  • Friedrich William Makowski, who arrived in America in 1890
  • Adam Makowski, aged 35, who landed in America from Plock, Russia, in 1893

Makowski Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alexander Makowski, aged 21, who landed in America from Ginawise, Russia, in 1908
  • Adolf Makowski, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Paniewko, Russia, in 1909
  • Jozef Makowski who sailed to Baltimore in 1909
  • Alexandra Makowski, aged 6, who settled in America from Borkowo, Russia, in 1910
  • Abram Makowski, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Hohenstein, Germany, in 1911
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Makowski Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Domka Makowski who arrived in Quebec, Canada in 1897
  • Domka Makowski, who landed in Quebec in 1897

  • Stanley M. "Stan" Makowski (1923-1981), American politician, Mayor of Buffalo, New York (1974 to 1977)
  • Gregory "Greg" Makowski (b. 1956), retired U.S. soccer defender
  • Thad J. Makowski, American politician, Independent Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 3rd District, 1970
  • Stanley M. Makowski (1923-1981), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972; Mayor of Buffalo, New York, 1973-77; Appointed 1973
  • Anthony Makowski, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 2nd District, 1928, 1936
  • Tomasz Artur Makowski (b. 1970), Director General of the National Library of Poland
  • Tadeusz Makowski (1882-1932), Polish Post-Impressionism and Cubism painter
  • Konstanty Makowski, Polish pilot who died in 1919 at the end of World War I
  • Julian Edmund Makowski (1875-1959), distinguished Polish citizen
  • Franciszek Makowski (b. 1898), member of the Polish Air Force
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    Other References

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    2. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    3. Brückner, Aleksander. etymologiczy jezyka polskiego (Etymologica Dictionary of the Polish Language). Warszaga: Wiedza Powszechra, 1970. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Co., 1976. Print.
    5. Hoffman, William F. Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings. 2nd Ed. Chicago: Polish Genealogical Society of America, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0-924207-04-3).
    6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    7. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Harper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Makowski Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Makowski 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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