8606Re: A beginner's question; the name Tymczyszyn
- Mar 14, 2004
> I would like to find out where to look for this nameTracy--
> to find out how far back it existed, and whether it
> was regional, or might have been more common for a
> region, or profession, etc.,
You might want to start with Kazimierz Rymut's Dictionary of Surnames
in Current Use in Poland at the Beginning of the 21st Century, it
listed 637 Tymczyszyn's in Poland as of 1990 located in a number of
different powiats (e.g.s administrative districts). You can find a
link to it on the Polish Genealogical Society website, www.pgsa.org,
look in the databases section.
Also check out the Polish surames section of the website as there are
resources there that might help you. For example, there is an address
for a Polish institute that will research the history of a name to
tell you its origin for a nominal fee (usually about $20). This group
understands and will reply in English.
If you know the town name in Poland where your ancestor resided, you
can probably find out more about it in the Slownik Geograficzyny
Krolestwa Polskiego, a geographical dictionary that describes towns in
Poland. It was published in the 1880's through 1902, so it predates
WWII. The problem is that all the entries are in Polish, so you will
need to translate the information.
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