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Andrzejewski - Rozanski - Stablewski - Winnicki
Created by Administrator Account in 10/18/2009 11:32:18 AM

 


...I have recently become extremely interested in researching my family history and the history/meaning of my surname. The other names associated with my family are Stablewski, Rozanski, and Andzrejewski.

Basically, all four of these names derived the same way, from toponyms (place names). So for instance Winnicki comes from the word winnica, "vineyard." Besides being a common noun, this is also the name of several towns and villages, especially the city of Winnica (now Vinnitsa in Ukraine). So the surname probably started as a way of referring to a person from a town or village named Winnica, or else a person who owned or worked in a vineyard. If you think about it, it's 6 of one, half-dozen of the other -- a place surely wouldn't have gotten the name Winnica if there weren't a prominent vineyard there... Winnicki is a rather common name, as of 1990 there were 4,637 Polish citizens by that name, living all over the country.

Andrzejewski almost certainly started as meaning "person or family connected with a place called Andrzejew, Andrzejewo or Andrzejow." If the family were noble, their estate probably was called by one of those names; if they were peasants, they worked on such an estate or came from a town or village by that name. Unfortunately, there are quite a few places in Poland with names that qualify, at least 2 Andrzejewos, 7 Andrzejows, and 2 Andrzejowkas (all of which started as names meaning "Andrew's place, Andrew's estate"). Probably all these places had families that took this surname, so Andrzejewski surely arose as a surname in many different places at different times, and it's a good bet the Andrzejewskis are not all related. Since places by these names are not rare, it's no wonder there were 26,917 Andrzejewskis in Poland as of 1990.

Róz|ański is also a common name -- as of 1990 there were 11,624 Poles by that name. The ultimate root is róz|a, "rose," but in most cases Róz|ański probably started as meaning "person or family connected with a place called Róz|any, Róz|anna, Róz|anki, etc.," and those places got their names from some connection with roses or, in a few cases, maybe were named for a woman named Róz|a or Róz|anna. As is usual with common surnames connected with place names, there are many places all over Poland that qualify, so the surname gives little in the way of clues as to where the family might have come from.

Stablewski is by far the least common name you asked about -- as of 1990 there were only 176 Poles by that name, with the largest numbers in the provinces of Warsaw (23), Bydgoszcz (80), Koszalin (24), and Lodz (12) and smaller numbers in a few other provinces. A 15-volume gazetteer of Polish localities shows 3 that might be connected with this name. 1) Stablewice was a knightly estate in Chelmno county, served by the Catholic parish in Unislaw, about 5 km. to the southwest in what is now Torun province. 2) Stablowice was a village in Opawa county, an area that was once part of Poland but is now in the Czech Republic -- I believe this must be what is now Stablovice about 10 km. SSW of Opava in the northeastern Czech Republic, very near the border with Poland. 3) Stablowice, an estate and village about 5 km. northwest of Wroclaw in southwestern Poland. Theoretically the surname Stablewski could have originated referring to any of these places, or to others that don't show up on my maps and in my gazetteers.

I'm sorry the names don't give better clues as to exactly where the families came from, but to be honest, there aren't many Polish surnames that do. I hope this info does you some good, and I wish you the best of luck with your research!

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