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Gasiorowski to Gonshor

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Re: Gasiorowski to Gonshor

Posted: 5 Sep 2011 9:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 18 Mar 2013 6:29PM GMT
Surnames: Gasiorowski, Ganz
There are many families with that surname that came either from the "Pale of Settlement" or from Tsarist Imperial Russia mostly as peasant Jews. The root is Gonchar (see NOTE), which in most slavic languages means "Potter", thus when adding the Russian suffix "owski" or any variant, it changes it to mean "Of/from the ... Estate". The common variants I've seen are as follows: German: Ganz, Gans, (Gonczarowski, Gonszarowski - Germanized Polish variants); Polish: Gonsiorowski, Gonsior, Gąsiorowski; Russian: Гончаровский, Гончар; Hebrew/Yiddish: גאנשעראװסקי . My own family changed theirs to Ganz/Gans when they came to NY from Kowal/Wloclawek, Poland.

NOTE - It has come to my attention that there are two variant meanings to the name. The Polish root forms mean "Gander", which is a male goose. These forms come from the Germanic form of the word for goose, Gans/Ganz. The non-Polish root forms derive from the Slavic translation of the root, "Potter".
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Patty 4 Oct 2000 4:56PM GMT 
Julian Siminski 19 Feb 2001 12:11PM GMT 
Robert J Gasior 18 May 2001 10:47AM GMT 
Patty 21 May 2001 7:06AM GMT 
Aroo 18 Oct 2005 8:28AM GMT 
Patty 18 Oct 2005 3:09PM GMT 
Aroo 18 Oct 2005 8:31AM GMT 
huttonteks 29 Sep 2008 5:57PM GMT 
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djgans 6 Sep 2011 3:53AM GMT 
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