The name comes from a Ukrainian name Sopih, from the root word "sop," which meant "wheeze."
The surname Sapiecha was first found in Smolensk, a city in present day Russia on the Dnieper River west-southwest of Moscow. The city had previously been a part of Lithuania and Poland. They were an ancient princely family from this region.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sapiecha research.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1557, 1633, 1585, 1589, 1623, 1623, 1609, 1656, 1670, 1700, 1700, 1768, 1824, 1824, 1836, 1840, 1874, 1901, 1637, 1720, 1682, 1700, 1680, 1751, 1706, 1709, 1735, 1757, 1798, 1788 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Sapiecha History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Prominent among those of the name Sapiecha in this period were Jan Kazimierz Sapieha the Younger (c.1637-1720), who became a Grand Hetman of Lithuania in 1682, and was made a Duke in 1700; Jan Fryderyk Sapieha (1680-1751)... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sapiecha Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ludwika Sapiecha of Plaski, Russia, who arrived at Ellis Island
, New York in 1904, aboard the "Kronprinz Wilhelm" with her two year old son, Bronislaw Sapiecha.