The surname Zilinski 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.
Early Origins of the Zilinski family
The surname Zilinski was 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.
Early History of the Zilinski family
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Zilinski Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Zelinski, Zelisnick, Zielonka, Zelewski, Zielinski, Zieleniewski and many more.
Early Notables of the Zilinski family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Zilinski family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Zelinski, who came to Baltimore in 1828; Anna Zelinsky, who sailed from Hamburg to New York in 1871; Adolf Zelinski, who immigrated to Illinois in 1896.