The distinguished surname Zayac is of Polish origin, and is derived from the Polish word "zajac," meaning "hare." The name was likely first borne by someone who hunted hare.
Early Origins of the Zayac family
The surname Zayac 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. Wolczyn was the seat of the Czartoryski family. 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 Zayacs 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 Zayac family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zayac research.Another 328 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1412, 1464, 1500, 1597, 1600, 1722, 1723, 1791, 1818, and 1826 are included under the topic Early Zayac History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Zayac Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Zajac, Sajaczek, Zayac, Zajack, Zajaksky, Zajakski, Sajeck, Zejac, Zejazek, Sajak, Sayjack, Sajack and many more.
Early Notables of the Zayac family (pre 1700)
Prominent among those of the name Zayac in this period were many members the Zajacek family of Stammsitz, who lived in Poland and Bohemia and owned the principalities of Oppeln, Ratibor, Teschen, and Troppau. Friedrich... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zayac Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Zayac family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Zajac, who came to Galveston, Texas in 1854; Ludwig Zajac, who was naturalized in Texas in 1865; Frank Zajicek, who arrived in Chicago in 1866.
Contemporary Notables of the name Zayac (post 1700)
- Amber Zayac, American associate producer, known for her work on Black Dog Running (2008)
- Billy Zayac, American production assistant, known for his work on The Place Beyond the Pines (2012), Silent House (2011) and All Is Bright (2013)
- Elena Zayac, Russian competitor at the Women's World Chess Championship 2000 and Soviet competitor at the Women's World Chess Championship 1991