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Re: Kapusta name change

katherine kapusinski (View posts)
Posted: 31 Dec 2005 3:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Well, this is what I've figured out thus far. My grandfather came over from ? Krukowo. His name was spelled Adam Kapuscinski on the Ellis Island records search, but the birthdates don't match. If he came over in 1906 and was born in 1885 that would have made him 21 years old and the Ellis records say age 23 yrs. Anyway, I find it ironic that another Adam Kapuscinski came over in 1910! My father and sisters said that grampa changed his name from Kapusta to Kapuscinski, and so it had to have been prior to coming to the U.S. as there aren't any Ellis Island records for an Adam Kapusta immigrating here. I received an e-mail response that was from Poland stating that their ancestors changed their name from Kapusta to Kapuscinski in 1754-57. Also was informed that the suffix "ski" was reserved for the nobility. For that reason, rather than shorten names at Ellis Island, like many did to sound more American, many Polish added the ski.........to enoble themselves!

Do you know what part of Poland your ancestors were from and if there was a Martin Kapusta? That would have been the name of my great-great-granfather.

Thanks.

K.K.K.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Katherine Kapusinski 30 Mar 2002 2:30AM GMT 
Katherine Kapuscinski 30 Mar 2002 11:21AM GMT 
Katherine Kapuscinski 30 Mar 2002 11:28AM GMT 
Mark Kapusta 4 May 2004 2:58AM GMT 
Katherine Kapusinski 31 Dec 2005 12:03AM GMT 
Mark Kapusta 31 Dec 2005 3:55PM GMT 
katherine kapusinski 31 Dec 2005 10:59PM GMT 
MauDY56 1 Jun 2002 2:29AM GMT 
Jim Kapusta 8 Aug 2004 4:38PM GMT 
Katherine Kapusinski 31 Dec 2005 11:10PM GMT 
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