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Dula - Dulański
Created by Administrator Account in 10/18/2009 7:49:10 AM

 


OK, let's translate the entry first. "Blaseia Dula (g. sg.) z Maniow 1610" is probably "Blasei Dula (genitive singular) from Maniowy, 1610," which means someone named Błaźej (English Blaise, in Latin Blasius) is mentioned as coming from Maniowy in a legal entry from 1610. Grammatically z Maniow must mean "from Maniowy" rather than "from Maniow" -- there is a Maniowy in Nowy Sacz province, maybe about 20 km. east of Nowy Targ. Then it says there is mention of a Dulka, a feminine form, in 1616, and of a Dulka (but in the genitive singular form Dulki) from Maniowy in a 1622 entry. It says the name is derived from the noun dula, which means "1. a kind of pear, or 2. a thick or swollen nose." The basic root dul- means "swelling, thickening," so the kind of pear got the name because of its shape, and the link with the nose is not hard to see (do any of your folks have swollen noses?).

"LW (NT)" is an abbreviation for Księga sądu wojtowskiego lawniczego miasta Nowego Targu Archiwum Powiatowe w Nowy Targ"

As you know, peasants were almost never mentioned in any kind of record before the Church started requiring pastors to make records of baptisms, deaths, marriages. So when we can trace a name back earlier than, oh, about 1700, it's usually because the name appears in land and legal records dealing with the nobility. In this case, it is very difficult to translate these terms because we don't have any legal equivalent, but the title of the book is basically Legal book of the wójt's aldermen's court of Nowy Targ, preserved at the State Archive office in Nowy Targ. The wójt was a kind of village chief or headman, and often headed a kind of local court with alderman sitting on the bench (the root ław- means, basically, "bench"). So some folks named Dula had legal dealings with the aldermen's court of Nowy Targ.

I didn't include Dulański in my book because as of 1990 there were only 32 Poles with that name. The breakdown by province is instructive: Bielsko-Biala 2, Katowice 2, Nowy Sacz 28! Sounds to me like the Dulanski is a rare name, almost always found somewhere near the Maniowy area! In some ways that's tough, it's hard to find anything on a family with such a rare name -- but the good side is, if you find a Dulanski, odds are he/she's a relative! That's a lot easier to deal with than 220,000 Nowaks!

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