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Zalewski Surname Info

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'''ZALEWSKI''' - Polish - topographic name for someone who lived by a flood plain or bay, Pol. zalew, or habitation name from a place named with this element, with the addition of [[-ski|-ski ending]], suffix of local surnames. There has been considerable confusion with Zaleski.
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'''ZALEWSKI''' - Polish - [[topographic name]] for someone who lived by a flood plain or bay, Pol. zalew, or [[habitation name]] from a place named with this element, with the addition of [[-ski]], suffix of [[local surname]]s. There has been considerable confusion with Zaleski.
 
Cognate: Jewish (E Ashkenazic) Zalewsky
 
Cognate: Jewish (E Ashkenazic) Zalewsky
  
'''ZALESKI''' - Polish - topographic name for someone who lived ‘on the other side of the wood’, from Pol. za beyond + les, las wood, with the addition of [[-ski|-ski ending]], suffix of local surnames, or habitation name from a place, Zalesie, named with the elements za + les.
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'''ZALESKI''' - Polish - [[topographic name]] for someone who lived ‘''on the other side of the wood''’, from Pol. za beyond + les, las wood, with the addition of [[-ski]], suffix of [[local surname]]s, or [[habitation name]] from a place, Zalesie, named with the elements za + les.
  
 
''var of Zalewski''
 
''var of Zalewski''
 
Variations: Zalasa, Zalasik
 
Variations: Zalasa, Zalasik
 
Cognates: Czech: Zálesky; Jewish: (E Ashkenazic) Zalesky
 
Cognates: Czech: Zálesky; Jewish: (E Ashkenazic) Zalesky
 
Local Names: Surnames derived from placenames may be divided into two broad categories: topographic names and habitation names. These terms have been used throughout this work in preference to the traditional but vaguer term ‘local name’. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream, or a church. Habitation names are derived from preexisting names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads, or other named habitations. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions, and whole countries. As a general rule, the further someone had traveled from his place of origin, the broader the designation. Someone who stayed at home might be known by the name of his farm or locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another country could acquire the name of the country or region from which he originated.
 
  
 
Habitation Names: It is sometimes difficult, especially in the case of multiple-element names (in England usually a defining adjective plus a generic noun), to be precise about whether a surname is derived from an identifying topographic phrase such as ‘(at) the broad ford’ or ‘(by) the red hill’ or from an established placename such as Bradford or Redhill. It is also sometimes possible that what has been thought of as a topographic name is in fact a habitation name from some minor, unidentified place now lost.
 
Habitation Names: It is sometimes difficult, especially in the case of multiple-element names (in England usually a defining adjective plus a generic noun), to be precise about whether a surname is derived from an identifying topographic phrase such as ‘(at) the broad ford’ or ‘(by) the red hill’ or from an established placename such as Bradford or Redhill. It is also sometimes possible that what has been thought of as a topographic name is in fact a habitation name from some minor, unidentified place now lost.

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