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Chmieliński
Created by Administrator Account in 1/2/2010 7:46:44 AM

 


I would appreciate any information you could give me on the name Chmielinski and where in Poland it originated.

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 1,839 Polish citizens named Chmieliński. The largest numbers lived in the following provinces: Ciechanow 204, Gdansk 223, Katowice 116, Olsztyn 211, Ostrołęka 196, and Warsaw 218. 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 shows that the name is found all over Poland, and there is no one region with which it is associated.

As I say, in Polish this name is spelled with an accent over the N, and it is pronounced roughly "h'myell-EEN-skee" -- the initial H sound is a little bit guttural, like the ch in German "Bach."

Polish name expert Prof. Kazimierz Rymut mentions this name in his book Nazwiska Polakow [The Surnames of Poles]. He says it refers to the name of a place where the family lived at some point centuries ago, a place with the name Chmielno or Chmielen. Unfortunately, there are several such places in Poland, and without detailed information into a specific family's background, there's no way to know which one the surname derives from in their particular case. That's probably why the name appears all over the country: there isn't just one Chmieliński family, but a number of different ones, named for various different places all over Poland.

If you'd like to see maps showing at least some of these places, go to this Website:

http://www.jewishgen.org/shtetlseeker/loctown.htm  

Enter "chmieln" as the place you're looking for, select "Poland" as the country to be searched, and select "Search using Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex." Click on "Start the search," and after a moment you'll see a list of various places in Poland with names that are reasonably good phonetic matches with Chmieln-. The first four on the list are the best matches. For each one, 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. This will give you some idea where the places called Chmielen and Chmielno are located, and at some point in your research this may allow you to make a correlation that proves handy.

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