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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.

Zayac Early Origins



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.

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Zayac Spelling Variations


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Zayac Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Zajac, Sajaczek, Zayac, Zajack, Zajaksky, Zajakski, Sajeck, Zejac, Zejazek, Sajak, Sayjack, Sajack and many more.

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Zayac Early History


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Zayac Early History



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.

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Zayac Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Zayac Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Zayac (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    4. Stupnicki, H. Herbarz Polski Polish Armorial, 2 Volumes. London: Figaro Press, 1963. Print.
    5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    6. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    7. Sanford, George. Historical Dictionary of Poland. Poland: Scarecrow Press, 2003. Print.
    8. Hollowak, Thomas L. Polish Heads of Household in Maryland: An Index to the 1910 Census. Wesminister MD: Family Line Publications, 1990. Print.
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Co., 1964. Print.
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    The Zayac Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zayac 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.

    This page was last modified on 21 April 2015 at 12:37.

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