--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@egroups.com
, J&B Henry <jehenry@s...> wrote:
> I'm searching for ancestors with the surname KAWECKI. Any
Kawecki looks like a Polish surname.
It is spelled 'po polsku'.
Most Slavic languages don't use the letter w in surnames.
Slovak and Czech (and Hungarian) use the letter v pron. w
That would indicate German or Polish.
It isn't a German surname.
Many Polish surnames end in -ski or -cki.
In older records you sometimes read -sky (before spelling
rules were adapted); but in recent times tendency to insist
Probably a possessive affix added to name which evolved from
person's characteristics (such as 'tall, short, etc.), occupation,
or place of residence.
In Czech and Slovak, the -sky is akin to the Polish -ski, while
-cky is similar to Polish -cki.
The U.S. telephone directories list hundreds of Kawecki.
Probably 400-500 surname bearers just in the U.S.
Canada White Pages list only 38 surname Kawecki.
If there was any kind of Slovakia connection, perhaps former
Polish Galicia located just over the NE border ?