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Created by Administrator Account in 12/23/2009 12:46:59 PM


I was adopted so I don’t know the names of my grandparents. I only know my father’s name, his name is Vitorio Klimek, and I almost sure he was one of a thousand immigrants from Poland in the Second War and his parents came to Brazil. I hope you can help me because I have a lot of questions without answers.

I wish I could help you, but I simply do not have any information on individual persons or families. I deal only with the origins and meanings of surnames.

I can tell you Klimek began as a short form of Klemens, a first name from Latin Clemens. Klimek was a way of saying "little Klemens" or "son of Klemens." It is a common name in Poland. You can see a map illustrating 2002 data on how common and widespread this name is:

As of 2002 there were 19,800 Polish citizens by this name, living all over the country. The name shows up most often in southern Poland, but there is almost no part of Poland where you will not find people named Klimek. A person who now goes by Vitorio Klimek probably called himself Wiktor Klimek in Poland; but I know of no way to find information on any person or family without knowing exactly where in Poland they came from. If there is no information available from when he immigrated to Brazil, I don't how you'll learn more.

You might find it helpful to visit the Brazil Website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called the Mormons):

The Mormons have done enormous amounts of work helping trace genealogy. This article on that Website gives some information on how to do research:

I am sorry I could not help you more, but as I say, I don't have information that would be useful to you. I hope you find what you're looking for!

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