Have you ever wondered what your Polish last name means? Many started out as nicknames to indicate who one's father was. Andrzejczak, Tomczyk and Janowicz are the Polish equivalents of Anderson, Thomson and Johnson. Other surnames described the inhabitant of a native village: Wiśniewski came from Wiśniew (Cherrywood) and Wróblewski hailed from Wróblewo (Sparrowville).
Coats of arms accompany many Polish surnames. For instance, nobles of the Wróblewski family (pronounced: vroob-LEFF-ski) identified themselves with the Jastrzębiec (Hawkman) coat of arms. This heraldic emblem is shared by more than 1,100 variously surnamed and mostly unrelated families belonging to the Polish gentry. Noblemen would include the clan-name in their signature thus: Stanislaw Jastrzębiec-Wróblewski.
For a custom-researched analysis of the meaning and derivation of your last name, how many people share it, where they live and whether a coat of arms goes with it (an illustration of the coat of arms is included), kindly airmail a $19 personal (or bank) check or money order (adding a cut-rate $10 for each additional surname like a mother's maiden name or grandparents' names you wish researched) to:
ul. Kaniowska 24
01-529 Warsaw, Poland
Speedy service is guaranteed and the completed report is usually airmailed from Warsaw the same day an order is received. Also included is a bonus contact sheet for Web sites, data bases, genealogical groups and professional researchers who can research Polish archives, draw up family trees and possibly even track down, photograph and/or videotape your family's ancestral homestead in Poland.