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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]], suffix of [[local surname]]s. There has been considerable confusion with Zaleski.
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Surname Origin: Slavic, Polish
Cognate: Jewish (E Ashkenazic) Zalewsky
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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.
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Alternate Spelling: Zelewski, Zaleski, Zeleski, Zalewska, Zalescy, Salewski
  
''var of Zalewski''
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'''Zalewski''' (feminine: '''Zalewska''', plural '''Zalewscy''') is one of the most popular Polish surnames in Poland and the 3rd most popular in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podlachia Podlachia] (5,165).
Variations: Zalasa, Zalasik
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Cognates: Czech: Zálesky; Jewish: (E Ashkenazic) Zalesky
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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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Zalewski comes from a topographic name for someone who lived by a flood plain or bay. Two locations that this may be connected to are ''Zalew'' in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sieradz Sieradz] voivodeship or ''Zalewo'' in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olsztyn Olsztyn] voivodeship.  
  
Polish names ending in -owski have consistently been identified in this dictionary as habitation names, in spite of the fact that it has by no means always been possible to identify relevant places named with the base form in -ów or -owo. Others may wish to pursue this task. Placenames with meanings such as ‘oak-tree locality’ or ‘woody area’ were clearly numerous in Poland. (In the case of Jewish surnames, the ending -owski does not normally indicate a habitation name, but has merely been borrowed as an appropriate surname ending to be attached to formations of several different classes. To some extent, this process was probably going on in Polish even earlier: much further research is needed on individual names before the threads can be properly disentangled in each case.)
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Several famous people have the surname '''Zalewski''' or a variant of it:
  
Topographic Names: It had already been mentioned that topographic names are those that refer to physical features such as trees, forests, hills, streams, and marshes, as well as to man-made structures such as churches, city walls, and castles.
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Zaleski August Zaleski] - Polish Politician of the early Twentieth Century
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_von_dem_Bach_Zalewski Erich von dem Bach Zalewski] - SS-Obergruppenführer Erich von dem Bach-Zalewski
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michał_Zalewski Michał_Zalewski] - Polish "White Hat" Hacker, computer security expert.
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The town of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaleski Zaleski], Ohio is a small village in South Eastern Ohio.
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==Definitions==
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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.
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Cognate: Jewish (E Ashkenazic) Zalewsky
  
Surnames derived from the proper names of geographical features such as rivers have also been classed here as topographic rather than habitation names, since they refer to a geographic location rather than a particular named settlement .
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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.'' Variations: Zalasa, Zalasik. Cognates: Czech: Zálesky; Jewish: (E Ashkenazic) Zalesky
  
Some surnames that are ostensibly topographic, such as Hall and Monkhouse, are in fact occupational, for they originally denoted someone who was employed at such a place: for example, at a great house or monastery.
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[[Category:Zalewski]]

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