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The surname Zelewski was first found in West Prussia and Pomerelia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families in the western region. From the 13th century onwards the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Zeleznik, Zelenski, Zelenka, Zelenys, Zelewski, Zelislawski, Zeleznicki, Zeleznicky, Zelinski, Zelslawski, Zelznik, Czelsnik, Celznik, Selznik and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zelewski research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1673 and 1755 are included under the topic Early Zelewski History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Zelewski Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Zelewski Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Martin Zelewski, who settled in Baltimore in 1881

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  2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  3. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  4. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  5. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  6. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Zelewski Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zelewski 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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