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Krygowski
Created by Administrator Account in 8/22/2010 10:33:34 AM

 


... Could you please forward any information you might have on the surname Krygowski

Names ending in -owski usually started as a reference to a connection between a family and a place with a similar name, usually ending in -ów, -owo, -i, or something like that. In this case we'd expect the name to mean "person or family from Krygów, Krygowo, Krygi," or something along those lines. Offhand the only place in Poland I can find that might qualify is a village Kryg in Krosno province, in southeastern Poland; but the reference could be to places too small to show up on the maps. Also things may have changed in the centuries since the surname was established, the place or places in question may have changed their names, or disappeared, or been absorbed by other communities -- hard to say. But that's basically what the name means, "one from Krygów" or some other place with a similar name.

As of 1990 there were 614 Polish citizens named Krygowski. They lived all over Poland, with the larger numbers in the provinces of Bydgoszcz (50), Krosno (151), and Pila (80). The ones in Krosno may well refer to that village of Kryg, but Bydgoszcz and Pila provinces are in northwestern Poland, so that makes me think there probably was a Krygi or Krygowo in that region -- it seems a bit unlikely people living there would have names referring to a village near Krosno, although with all the relocation of people after World War II you can't count on that too much.

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