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Karasiewicz - Karaskiewicz
Created by Administrator Account in 12/30/2009 2:58:39 PM

 


my name is tony karasiewicz, can you help me ? what does it mean ? karasiewicz = karaskiewicz ?

The ending -ewicz means "son of," so KARASIEWICZ means "son of Karas." That name comes from the noun karas, "crucian carp" (a kind of fish). Most likely Karas was a nickname for an ancestor one who liked to fish for carp, or sell them, or eat them, or somehow reminded people of a carp.

So the name means essentially the same as KARASKIEWICZ, except the added -k- in that name gives the meaning of "little." Karasiewicz is "son of the carp," and Karaskiewicz is "son of the little carp." That's the only difference.

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), there were 2,600 Polish citizens named Karasiewicz. The largest numbers lived in the following provinces: Warsaw 304, Poznan 266, Płock 261, Elblag 161, and Bydgoszcz 110. 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.

This data indicates the name is found all over Poland, with no real concentration in any one area. It's particularly common in the areas near the cities mentioned, Warsaw, Poznan, Płock, Elblag, and Bydgoszcz. But this really tells us nothing about where a specific Karasiewicz family came from. Only research into the history of that family might shed light on that question.

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

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