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Do you have any information on the surname Agopsowicz ??? If you do, could you please send me info?

Regarding the last name Agopsowicz. Thats my maiden name. If you have any info regarding this name. I live in Regina, Sask, Canada. Where there is a lot of Agopsowicz's here form the Zehner area. Love to hear from you regarding this name.


This one is fascinating. The suffix -owicz means "son of," so this means "son of Agops." But I had never run across that name before, and the -ops ending did not sound right for a Polish or Slavic name. But then I looked in a book on Polish surnames by Jan Stanislaw Bystron, Polskie Nazwiska, and sure enough, he mentioned Agopsowicz! It is listed among names coming originally from Armenian, and means "son of Jacob" -- apparently in Armenian this name is Agop or something similar. So the name, at least, would suggest an ancestor of the family was Armenian, but later came to Poland or the Slavic regions east of Poland. If they had held fast to their Armenian roots, the name would be something like Agopyan, since most native Armenian names end with that suffix -yan. The fact that the name ends in -owicz suggests they came to be Polonized, since that suffix is Polish (or, in the spelling -ovich or -ovych, Ukrainian or Russian or Belarusian).

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 67 Polish citizens named Agopsowicz. They were scattered in tiny numbers all over the country. The only "concentration" was in southcentral and southwest Poland, in the provinces of Bielsko-Biala (8), Krakow (8), and Wroclaw (13). These numbers show just how widely scattered the name is, if these are the largest numbers in any provinces. Unfortunately I don't have access to further details such as first names or addresses, what I've given here is all I have.

I also looked in an index of names appearing in the 15-volume Polish gazetteer Slownik geograficzny Krolestwa Polskiego (Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland), published in the late 1800's. It shows that there were several villages or estates owned by people named Agopsowicz, so clearly this name can be one borne by nobles. Here are the four places this work mentions and their owners as of the time of publication:

Balince, village, Kolomyja county, owner Jakob de Hasso Agopsowicz [Vol. I, p. 88]. Bazar, village, Czortkow county, owner Jozef Agopsowicz [Vol. I, p. 121]
Buczaczki, village, Kolomyja county, owner Kajetan Agopsowicz [Vol. I, p. 437] Czernelica, village, Horodenka county, owner Antoni Agopsowicz [Vol. II, p. xvi].

All these places are now in the country of Ukraine, which used to be ruled by Poland. If you want to find these places on a map, it is possible you might be able to find them at this Website: http://www.jewishgen.org/ShtetlSeeker/loctown.htm

Or you might find some useful material at the InfoUkes Website: www.infoukes.com

Or at this Website, which specializes in research in Galicia (the former crown land of the Austro-Hungarian Empire that consisted of what is now southeastern Poland and western Ukraine): www.halgal.com

Since at least some Agopsowiczes were noble, you might be able to learn more about them if you post a question to the mailing list Herbarz-L. It is frequented by gentlemen with access to various armorials and libraries, and very often they are able to provide some information on specific noble families and their coats of arms. To subscribe (which costs nothing), send an E-mail message with just the word SUBSCRIBE to this address:

HERBARZ-L-request@rootsweb.com

No one reads this note -- a computer will process it automatically, add you to the mailing list, and send you a brief note explaining procedures. Then you can post a note to the list itself, where it will be read by the members, at this address: HERBARZ-L@rootsweb.com


It's possible they can tell you more about this name or family.

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