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Chludziński - Hludzenski - Karwowski
Created by Administrator Account in 2/7/2010 8:11:50 AM


...I have been trying to find the origins of my grandparents names. They are Karwowski and Chludzinski, both came from the area around Łomża in what was Russian-ruled Poland. They came to this country prior to World War One. I have very few relatives in this country and when I visited Poland I found few ther with the surname Chludzinski. At some point in this country our names spelling changed to Hludzenski.

As of 1990 there were 1,541 Polish citizens with the name Chludziński. They were scattered all over the country, with the largest numbers living in the provinces of Warsaw (188) and especially Łomża (649). This name most likely derived from a place name beginning with Chlud-, and the only place I find on the map that seems to qualify is a village called Chludnie, some 10 -15 km. northwest of Łomża. It seems plausible, even likely, that this surname started out, therefore, meaning "person from Chludnie," and could have referred to a family that owned the estate there (if they were noble) and families that worked the land there (if they were peasants). The ultimate root of the place name might be the verb chludzić, "to put in order." The spelling change of Chludziński to Hludzeński is not particularly odd or unusual -- in Polish h and ch are pronounced the same, so we often see names spelled either way, and the change of the vowel i to e is not unusual, often caused by nothing more than a dialect tendency to change the sound slightly.

The name Karwowski is pretty common, as of 1990 there were 9,003 Polish citizens by this name. They were scattered all over the country, but the largest numbers (more than 500) lived in the provinces of Warsaw (1063), Łomża (1832), Sieradz (662), and Suwałki (856). Generally one would expect the name Karwowski to have originated as a way to refer to people who came from places called Karwow or Karwowo. On the map I see two places called Karwow, and 6 called Karwowo, including 3 in Łomża province. Since your family came from the Łomża area, their surname probably referred to origin in one of those 3 villages named Karwowo in Łomża province, but only detailed research could establish which of the three. The ultimate root of the place name is the term karw, "ox, especially an old, lazy one," or in older Polish karwa, "cow" -- most likely these villages called Karwow and Karwowo were places known for the raising or sale of oxen or cattle.

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