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Created by Administrator Account in 10/17/2009 2:48:46 PM


...I recently started researching my surname of Molski, and was wondering if you have any information on its origin. My great grandfather came from the Lesno, Orlik area about 25 km NNE of Chojnice.

Molski is a moderately common name in Poland. As of 1990 there were 2,003 Polish citizens with this name, living all over Poland, with the largest numbers in the provinces of Białystok (146), Czestochowa (109), Kalisz (106), Poznan (231), and Warsaw (377). There were 66 Poles by this name in Bydgoszcz province, which includes the Lesno and Orlik region. I don't see any pattern to the distribution that suggests anything helpful.

The derivation of the name is a bit of a puzzle. The only native Polish root I can find that might be relevant is mól, which can mean "moth" and also "trouble, problem." Either meaning could, I suppose, be connected to the name, but neither seems really convincing. In such cases we often find a connection with a place name, but I can find no place name that seems to fit. So about all I can say is it is a moderately common name, perhaps deriving from the root mól. I can't help feeling there's more to it than this, but that's the best I can find.

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