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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Polish : nickname for a tall, upright man, from belka ‘beam’, ‘timber’.
  • Czech (Bělka) and Slovak (also Bielka) : from a pet form of the female personal name Běla meaning ‘white’, or, in some cases, possibly a nickname from bělka ‘squirrel’.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from a pet form of the Yiddish female personal name Beyle meaning ‘beautiful’ (related to French belle).

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