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Created by Administrator Account in 12/23/2009 12:55:05 PM


Could you please tell me the origin and meaning of the name Krasecki.

As of 1990, according to the best data available (the Slownik nazwisk wspolczesnie w Polsce uzywanych, "Directory of Surnames in Current Use in Poland," which covers about 94% of the population of Poland and is now online as a searchable database at, there were 80 Polish citizens named KRASECKI. The largest numbers lived in the following provinces: Koszalin 16, and Pila 25. Unfortunately I don't have access to further details such as first names or addresses, so I can't tell you how to find that info.

If the family you're researching was Jewish, of course, it's unlikely very many of the Kraseckis living in Poland as of 1990 were Jewish; much more valuable would be data from before the Holocaust. But I know of no source for data from that period. I like to include the 1990 data on surname frequency and distribution because sometimes it does tell us something useful -- but in many cases it is irrelevant or of no great value.

Polish name expert Prof. Kazimierz Rymut mentions KRASECKI in his book Nazwiska Polakow [The Surnames of Poles]. He says the name refers to a family connection with any of several villages named Kraska and Kraski; in other words, it can mean "one from Kraska" or "one from Kraski." From the name alone it is impossible to tell which of those places the surname refers to in a given family's case; only research into the family history might uncover facts that would shed light on the matter.

If you would like to see maps of some of the places named Kraska and Kraski, go to the ShtetlSeeker.

Enter "Krask" as the place you're looking for, select "All Central/Eastern European Countries" as the where to search (unless you're certain the family came from territory now in Poland), and select "Search using All towns starting with this precise spelling." Click on "Start the search," and after a moment you'll see a list of various places in that region with names starting Krask-. For each, click on the blue numbers (latitude and longitude) and you'll get a map showing that location. You can print the map, save it, zoom in and out, etc.

Incidentally, you might find it useful to search for this name in Avotaynu's Consolidated Jewish Surname Index [CJSI], a database of some 370,000 surnames, mostly Jewish, found in 31 different databases. The surnames are presented in Soundex order; for each surname, it identifies in which of the databases the name can be found, with a link to additional information about each database. CJSI is located at:

I suggest finding the box that says "Enter the surname to be searched." Type in [KRAS]ECKI. The brackets restrict matches to names that begin KRAS-, and thus avoid the confusion of dealing with the many other names that are phonetically similar. Even using the brackets, you will see a great many names beginning Kras-, and most will not be relevant to your research. But some might be, and it may be helpful to see them. For instance, the surnames KRASIECKI and KRASICKI are very similar to KRASECKI and could easily be confused with it. When studying surnames, it is advisable to take note of other names that sound similar, because such names were often confused.

If you wish to restrict the matches even further, search for [KRASECK]. That will produce only KRASECKA and KRASECKI (the version with -cka is the feminine form).

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