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Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings, Second Edition Paperback – 1997

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Polish Genealogical Society (1997)
  • ISBN-10: 0924207043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0924207044
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,674,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Hoffman not only gives the meaning of surnames, but he supports it with thorough, documented research. You'll also learn some basic Polish language (not being a native speaker I never realized the feminine/masculine differences. More importantly, as a genealogist, I now know to look under "W" in U.S. records for some of my relatives whose surname in Polish is pronounced as a "W" but the letter is an "L" with a slash through it. In English it became an "L").
Many surnames are taken from geologic or natural phenomenon so you'll also learn about the natural history of Poland as well as how the geographic lay of the land influenced the country's history.
I also enjoyed Mr. Hoffman's sense of humor.
Jan 2010 I still reccomend this book and Mr Hoffman's sense of humor!
July 2015 Still a wonderful resource. Mr. Hoffman has some online sites that he contributes to. I'm unclear if giving his url would be inappropriate on amazon, so just do a web search for him and Poland.
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Ploish Surnames was a very helpful book in writing my book. Emailed the author and he was very helpful looking for other Surname Dictionaries from Netherlands, Roman and Norway any help would be greatly appreciated
Dean Ganske
deancganske@yahoo.com
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