Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Jewish (from Poland and adjacent regions) : from Polish d{a,}b, demb ‘oak’, either a habitational name from a place named with this word or an ornamental name with reference to the tree and its qualities of strength and durability.
  • Polish : variant spelling of D{e,}bski (see Debski).
  • The film actor Kirk Douglas’s original name was Izzi Demski; he came from a Jewish family of eastern European origin.