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Białobrzeski
Created by Administrator Account in 5/5/2010 3:14:55 PM

 


...I am looking for the history of my last name. Bialobzeski, I have found so far that the correct spelling is Bialobrzeski. If you have any information at all please e-mail me back and let me know...

You're right about the correct spelling, it is Białobrzeski (the ł is pronounced like our W, so that the name sounds kind of like "bee-yah-woe-BZHEH-ski," with "zh" standing for the sound in the name "Zhivago" or like the "s" in "measure"). It is one of many names formed from the names of places; it could come from Białobrzeg, Białobrzegi, and Białobrzeskie, and they all mean basically "white shore, white coast." Unfortunately there are more than a dozen places in Poland bearing these names, so the surname itself gives no clue which of those villages any one Białobrzeski family came from (and most likely there's more than one family by this name). But such names usually originated because of a connection between a family and those places, so that the surname means "person/family from Białobrzeg/Białobrzegi/ Białobrzeskei," or, to break it down further, "family from the place with the white shore." If a family by this name was noble, it probably owned the villages at one point; if not, they probably worked the land there, or traveled there often on business.

As is normal with surnames derived from common place names, this is a fairly common surname in Poland -- as of 1990 there were 1,910 Polish citizens named Białobrzeski. There's no one area where the name is most common; we see the largest numbers living in the provinces of Warsaw (507), Łomża (153), Ostrołęka (286), and Wroclaw (110), but there are people by this name in virtually every province of Poland.

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