origin. It is derived from the Polish word "pokorny," meaning "subservient, humble."
, where the name was first used. During the 11th and 12th centuries, native Slavs living in
were often referred to as "Pokorny" by the native Austrians in an assertion of the victory of Otto the Great over the invaders. It is likely that the name evolved from
to surname during the early Middle Ages. Literally the name means "the humble one."
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: George Bockhorn, who was naturalized in New York in 1835; Francis Pokorny, who was living in Toronto, Ontario in 1871; Adolf Pokorny, who came to New York in 1872.