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Where did the Polish Zielonka family come from? What is the Polish Zielonka family crest and coat of arms? When did the Zielonka family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Zielonka family history?

The surname Zielonka comes from the Polish word "ziel," which is the color green, and as such many of the variants of this name were associated with growing things. As a surname, it may be also have been habitational name, taken on from any of many place named with this word.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Zelinski, Zelisnick, Zielonka, Zelewski, Zielinski, Zieleniewski and many more.

First found in Novwina in Cracow, a province of Poland which lies centrally, bounded by Kielce, Lublin, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zielonka research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1661, 1605 and 1790 are included under the topic Early Zielonka History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zielonka Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Zielonka Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Czeslaw Zielonka, aged 1, who landed in America from Vedrzechoro, Galicy, in 1909
  • Fedko Zielonka, aged 19, who settled in America from Dobra, Austria, in 1909
  • Adam Zielonka, aged 40, who emigrated to America from Simplin, Russia, in 1910
  • Anna Zielonka, aged 18, who landed in America from Helivagos, Hungary, in 1911
  • Audrzej Zielonka, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Slodkow, Russia, in 1912


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The Zielonka Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zielonka 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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