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Created by Administrator Account in 12/31/2009 1:27:32 PM


Would you please give me the meaning of my surname Ciesielski. How long has this name existed in Poland and are there still Ciesielski's in Poland as there are many here in Michigan U.S.A

In Polish this name is pronounced roughly "cheh-SHELL-skee." It's a fairly common name in Poland. 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 24,422 Polish citizens named Ciesielski. They lived all over the country, with no particular concentration in any one area.

Polish name expert Prof. Kazimierz Rymut mentions this name in his book Nazwiska Polaków [The Surnames of Poles]. He says it appears in records as early as 1393. It comes from the noun cieśla, "carpenter," or from place names derived from that noun, especially Cieśle, of which there are a number in Poland. So the name can be interpreted either "of the carpenter's kin" or "one from Cieśle," which in turn got that name because of a connection with carpenters.

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