Origins Available: German, Polish
The surname Zelinka comes from the Polish word "Slazak," which denotes an inhabitant of Silesia.
Early Origins of the Zelinka family
Silesia and Lwow. The capitol city is Cracow, said to be the intellectual center of Poland. The region is composed of Poles and Gorale (Highlanders) who speak their own dialect and wear picturesque costumes. The chief towns of the province are Cracow, Tarnow, and Nowy Sacz. 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 name 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 Zelinka family
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Zelinka Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Slazinik, Slaski, Slezanski, Slaznick, Szlaszak, Szlazak, Szlezak, Slazak, Slezak, Szelesnick and many more.
Early Notables of the Zelinka family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Zelinka family to the New World and Oceana
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Zelinka Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Zelinka Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Zelinka (post 1700)