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About the Name Florczak

FLORCAK is roughly pronounced "Floor-chock," with the first part very similar to our english version of "floor". Florczak is moderately common by Polish standards, with the largest numbers in central Poland, especially the cities of Lodz (647), Zgierz (498), and Warsaw (338). Click here to see the map.

Professor Kazimierz Rymut, a noted authority on Polish surnames and their origins, says the name appears in Polish records as early as 1685 and it developed from the given name Florian. Florian, while rare in english is fairly common in Polish. The name Florian comes from the Latin root "florus" or "flowering" and may have originally expressed the parents hope that a child would flourish. Florian appears in Polish documents as far back as the 13th century, and Flor appears as a short form of Florian as early as 1400.

The surname Florczak would have started out meaning son of Flor or kin of Flor. The -czak ending can be a patronymic "son of" or it can consist of the diminutive -ak added to the name Flor to form form such names as Florek, Florak, Florka or Florko. So the name Florczak can likely be translated as Child of Flor.

In other words at some point in time there was a guy named Flor and he had some children and in order to keep them associated with his particular family line, gave him a name like Piotr for example, and added the ending -czak to his first name and gave the child the surname Flor-czak to form Piotr Florczak or Piotr the son of Flor.

About the Name Chmura

The Polish Surname CHMURA is pronounced H'moor-ah where the H is actually more of a Ch sound as heard in the last part of the German word Bach.

Professor Kazimierz Rymut mentions the surname Chmura in his
book “Nazwiska Polakow” (The Surnames of Poles).
In this book he tells us that the name Chmura shows up in Polish records as early as the year 1438 and that it literally means “Cloud” or “Gloom”.
Some experts have suggested that it may originally been given as one’s nickname to a person born on a dark or cloudy day or to perhaps someone with a gloomy or dark disposition.

In 2002 there were 7,683 Polish citizens named Chmura and it is most often
found in the southeastern part of the country, especially in the areas in and around Dabrowa Tarnowska (372), Przeworsk (285), Krakow city (267),
and Mielec (221).
One look at the surname map found here will tell us all we need to know about the location and frequency of the name Chmura.

About the Name Komorowski

KOMOROWSKI sounds like “ko-more-OAF-skee” and Komorek is pronounced roughly "ko-MORE-eck."

Komorowski(a) is a moderately common name in Poland borne by 6,062 and 6,546 Polish citizens, respectively. Of those, 257 Komorowski(a)’s lived in Kutno powiat in which Ostrowy is located, the village where my great grandmother Maryanna was born.

The late Polish name expert Prof. Kazimierz Rymut mentions these names in his book Nazwiska Polakow (The Surnames of Poles). The basic root of both Komorek and Komorowski is presumably the noun “komora”, which means “chamber room” and in older Polish terms "treasury". Perhaps the name referred to one who collected taxes or rent in the village, or one associated with a chamber or room of some sort.

The ending -ek is diminutive, so Komorek could have been a nickname meaning "little chamber" or "the little chamber guy" or even "son of the chamber guy." Some names beginning with “Komor” actually come from variants of “komar” meaning mosquito (I would prefer to think that it is not the latter).

Names from a common root are typically linked semantically and often different forms all mean more or less the same thing, "kin of Komorek or Komorowski”. At one point, Maryanna and her ancestors were known as Komorek but later went by Komorowska. There is likely to be no deep meaning or significance to the change because most Poles did not read or write and would address people by their first names and/or a nickname.

Professor Rymut also writes that Komorowski(a) can often refer to the name of a specific place or village and can be derived from either from “komora” or “komar”.

At last count there are at least 40 villages in Poland with the names Komorow and Komorowo so determining where the Komorek’s from our Family line originated would be difficult to do. Whatever the case, I will continue my research into all Family surnames and maybe one day the exact origin of Komorowski name will be revealed, …stay tuned.

Many thanks to Fred Hoffman for providing most of the content and analysis of the surname Florczak and Chmura.

A List of Surnames that appears within the Genealogy

Ranked by Frequency of appearances (ctrl F to find your name)
Stone101
Chmura68
Florczak60
Larrabee40
Fosdick35
MULL31
Atwater26
McLaughlin26
Knipp24
Landgren24
Bouwman20
Haberman18
Vis18
Doolittle15
Goodyear15
Griffin14
McDougall14
Deneff13
Florczyk13
Gretzinger13
Kapustka13
Gauthier12
Grabski12
Hisko12
Wilcoxson12
Wozniczka12
Kotlarz11
Ezop10
Meigs10
Pudelek10
Cholewczynski9
Harris9
Serafinowicz9
Wesolowski9
Chizko8
Hawley8
Zielinski8
Beck7
Habermann7
Larabee7
Olichwier7
Shapley7
Bilson6
Debok6
Gawlik6
Miloszewski6
Skaja6
Skrzyniarz6
Tiefer6
Tylmanowski6
Vredevoogd6
Westwood6
Chittenden5
Cichanski5
Florzak5
Freamo5
Komorek5
Anderson4
Bizub4
Cardona4
Ciechanski4
Cross4
Heindl4
Kustak4
Nees4
Rywelski4
Tucker4
Wandersee4
Wessel4
Zmich4
Baylen3
Bradley3
Browning3
Doud3
Johnson3
Kendziorski3
Komorowski3
Kroll3
Paulsen3
Pierce3
Rogers3
Szalanska3
Wozniak3
Applehof2
Arkisza2
Arkita2
Auclair2
Bartlett2
Bassett2
Borcherdt2
Branson2
Carson2
Danlowski2
De Neff2
Delorme2
Derendinger2
Evans2
Ferencz2
Fletcher2
Graff2
Grant2
Grover2
Guyea2
Hayles2
Hewitt2
Hilliard2
Hoyer2
Hunter2
Jorgensen2
Kalisz2
Kinjerski2
Kobelinski2
Komorowska2
Kosla2
Labelle2
Larribee2
Levine2
Mizerek2
Nowak2
Osborne2
Pardowsky2
Parke2
Pionke2
Pudlo2
Rogge2
Sackett2
Smolen2
Spaman2
Sperry2
Stap2
Stofko2
Takens2
Tarnowski2
Thompson2
Wallin2
Warzecha2
Wetherell2
Wozniczki2
Wright2
Zmuda2
Aldis1
Alguire1
Allen Gardiner1
Andersen1
Andree1
Appelhof1
Arzt1
Bajerski1
Barteleme1
Bean1
Beck Torrison1
Bengston1
Betts1
Birdeye1
Blackwell1
Bobkiewicz1
Bodzioch1
Boggs1
Bouwkamp1
Bretschneider1
Bristol1
Brooks1
Browne1
Buist1
Burns1
Burns Browning1
Cadelina1
Chaput1
Cichacz1
Cindrich1
Cisler1
Ciszek1
Clark1
Cruttenden1
DeVos1
Diotte1
Duczmal1
Duprey1
Dwoznicki1
Dzuira1
Ecklin1
Egbeare1
Elam1
Ellis1
Everts1
Faith1
Finn1
Finney1
Flynn1
Freamo (Fremont)1
Fremo1
Fremont1
Fry1
Gale1
Garnett1
Geldhof1
Golota1
Gorra1
Goyea1
Graham1
Gresk1
Grohowski1
Grotzinger1
Grundick1
Gruszka1
Grzeszkowiak1
Hall1
Harre1
Hilewski1
Holbrook1
Hudomiet1
Hull1
Hunt1
Hurley1
Ingersoll1
Inman1
Janning1
Jazwinski1
Juffer1
Kawa1
Kenny1
Kerr1
Klassens1
Kobosz1
Kohler1
Korosacki1
Korstanje1
Kozlowicz1
Kraft1
Kreemer1
Krol1
Krzysztalowicz1
Kuowna1
L Vansoelen1
Lach1
Lamb1
Lammerts Everts1
Leaming1
Lepine1
Lesnik1
Liebowitz1
Lieder1
Ligman1
Lorczak1
Lustig1
Mankowski1
Mannheim1
McConnel1
McEwan1
Miller1
Morehouse1
Morgan1
Muczynski1
Mulder1
Nash1
Nawrocionka1
Nettleton1
Nevins1
Okar1
Peck1
Pellet1
Pellette1
Pickett1
Pieszko1
Pirron1
Portugais1
Post1
Pranschke1
Rankin1
Reijers1
Reynolds1
Ringler1
Roberts1
Rodgers1
Romain1
Roskamp1
Rostkowski1
Ruchalski1
Russell1
Rutkowski1
Sajewski1
Schmidt1
Schultz1
Shapleigh1
Showalter1
Sjoquist1
Skrzypek1
Smiegowski1
Smola1
Spudich1
Stanek1
Steinborn1
Stelmanowski1
Stinson1
Stolarz1
Stomka1
Stratton1
Swiontkowski1
Szalczynski1
Taraska1
Tel1
Todd1
Torrison1
Tower1
Tragarz1
Tremblay1
Urbanska1
VanLuen1
Vanzoelen1
Vredvoogd1
Wadner

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Wallace1
Wallus1
Widok1
Wilcoxen1
Willet1
Willett1
Wilms1
Wollin1
Wrona1
Ziemian1
Zier1
Zotydz1
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