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Created by Administrator Account in 12/27/2009 12:55:57 PM


I was wondering if you could help me out with the surname Marszalek.

Marszalek in Polish is written with a slash through the L, which sounds like our W, so Marszałek sounds like "mar-SHAH-weck." It comes from the noun marszałek, "marshal, medieval administrator of the royal court; also a military rank." So the surname started out indicating an ancestor was a marshal, or had some close connection to one.

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), there were 13,584 Polish citizens by this name MARSZAŁEK, living in large numbers all over the country. A family by this name could come from practically anywhere in Poland.

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