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Created by Administrator Account in 10/15/2009 1:41:45 PM

 


I've have been searching the internet on the orgins/meaning of the name Maciag.

In Polish MACIAG is usually spelled with a tail under the second A, representing the Polish nasal vowel pronounced sort of like "on"; so the name would be MACIĄG, pronounced "MAH-chonk."

As of 2002, according to the best data available, from a database maintained by a Polish government agency, there were 7,340 Polish citizens by that name. They lived all over Poland, although the name was more common in the south and southeast than anywhere else. From the name alone you can't tell where a given Maciąg family might have come from -- the name shows up all over the country.

Polish name expert Prof. Kazimierz Rymut mentions this name in his book Nazwiska Polakow [The Surnames of Poles]. He says it appears in Polish records as early as 1434 and in most cases began as a kind of nickname or diminutive of the first name Maciej, "Matthias." Polish has a wide variety of suffixes it adds to names to make nicknames, unlike English, which would just say "Matty" or "Mattie." In effect, the name would just mean "kin of Matt."

Some names beginning Mac- can come from the root seen in the verb macac', "to touch, handle, feel." But MACIĄG is pretty firmly established as coming from that given name Maciej, at least in most cases.

That's about all I can tell you. I hope it's some help, and wish you the best of luck with your research.

William F. Hoffman
Author, Polish Surnames: Origins & Meanings

 

Copyright ©2006 W.F. Hoffman

 

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