Polish last names were most often derived from places, family patriarchs or nicknames. Names derived from places usually ended in -ski, meaning "of", and were reserved for nobility. In the 13th century, however, it became fashionable to adopt a -ski name, making it one of the most identifiable traits of Polish last names.
Names derived from the first name of family patriarchs could have any number of different suffixes, leading to dozens of variations of the same last name.
Use the list below to find your last name and learn about its meaning and origins.
Most Popular Polish Last Names on FamilyEducation: Abramczyk, Andrzejewski, Babinski
Image: Old Town, Warsaw, Poland