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Bury - Ciuła
Created by Administrator Account in 2/7/2010 7:55:16 AM


...I'm interested in the name Ciula. I've also seen it written as Chulonga. This name is of a family from Slupiec... Also, the name Bury appears as a maiden name on records I have. Is this a Polish surname?

Bury can be a Polish surname, although of course Polish isn't the only language in which such a name can arise. But as of 1990 there were 5,825 Polish citizens named Bury, so it is a fairly common name in Poland. Those Poles named Bury lived all over the country, with particularly large numbers in the provinces of Bielsko-Biala (1,215), Katowice (622), Przemysl (368), Rzeszow (253), Wroclaw (233), and Warsaw (232). (This is all the data I have, I'm afraid I don't have access to first names, addresses, etc.) The only pattern I see is that the most Bury's live in the southern part of Poland. The name probably derives from the adjective bury, "dark grey," or perhaps in some cases from bura, "brawl, disturbance."

As of 1990 there were 947 Poles named Ciuła (l with a slash through it sounds like our w; the name would be propounced something like CHEW-wah). The largest numbers of Ciuła's lived in the provinces of Katowice (202), Krosno (88), Nowy Sacz (243) -- again, in southern Poland. I can't correlate the numbers with Slupiec, because I don't know which of at least 3 places named Slupiec you're referring to. I haven't seen any expert discuss the origin of this name, but it seems a decent guess it might derive from the verb ciułać, "to gather or accumulate slowly and with difficulty."

The spelling Chulonga is puzzling -- I could easily see the name spelled as Chula or Chulo in English, but that -onga is disturbing. Pronouncing that out loud, it sounds as if it might have been Ciułąga in Polish (ą = the Polish nasal vowel written as an a with a tail under it, pronounced roughly like on). However, I can find no record of such a name in Poland, and apparently you usually see it as Ciuła, so I'm not sure how to account for that.

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