Humanities › History & Culture Wisniewski Surname Meaning and Origin Share Flipboard Email Print Getty / Dave Porter Peterborough Uk History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated January 02, 2020 The Polish surname Wisniewski is generally a geographical surname deriving from the place of origin of the original bearer, indicating a man who originally came from one of the dozens of Polish villages named Wisniewo or Wisniew. The name roughly translates to "town with a cherry tree," from the root wisznia, meaning "cherry tree." Wiśniewski is the 3rd most common surname in Poland. Wiśniewska is the feminine version of the surname. Surname Origin: Polish Alternate Surname Spellings: WISNIEWSKI, WISNIOWSKI, WISNIOWOLSKI Where Wisniewski's Live According to WorldNames public profiler, individuals with the last name Wisniewski are found in the greatest numbers in Poland, followed by the United States, Germany, and Australia. The largest number of individuals named Wisniewski are found in northern Poland, especially the voivodeships (provinces) of Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Warminsko-Marzurskie, Mazowieckie, Zachodniopomorski, and Pomorskie. The Polish-specific surname distribution map on moikrewni.pl identifies surname population at the district level, identifying over 52,000 people with the Wiśniewski surname living in Poland, most living in Toruń, Łódź, Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Poznań, Inowrocław, Szczecin, Brodnica and Plock. Famous People with the Surname Wisniewski James Wisniewski: American professional ice hockey playerMichał Krystian Wiśniewski: Polish pop singerDavid Wisniewski: English-born children's authorJanusz Leon Wisniewski: Polish author Genealogy Resources for the Surname Wisniewski Family Genealogy ForumSearch this popular genealogy forum for the Wisniewski surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Wisniewski surname query.FamilySearchAccess over 250,000 free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Wisniewski surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.DistantCousin.comExplore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Wisniewski.Surname & Family Mailing ListRootsWeb hosts a free mailing list for researchers of the Wisniewski surname. Wisniewski Genealogy and Family Tree PageBrowse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Polish surname Wisniewski from the website of Genealogy Today.Polish Genealogy Databases OnlineSearch for information on Wisniewski ancestors in this collection of Polish genealogy databases and indexes from Poland, the United States, and other countries. References Cottle, Basil. "Penguin Dictionary of Surnames." Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1967.Menk, Lars. "A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2005.Beider, Alexander. "A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2004.Hanks, Patrick, and Flavia Hodges. "A Dictionary of Surnames." New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. "Dictionary of American Family Names." New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.Hoffman, William F. "Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings." Chicago: Polish Genealogical Society, 1993.Rymut, Kazimierz. "Nazwiska Polakow." Wroclaw: Zaklad Narodowy im. Ossolinskich - Wydawnictwo, 1991.Smith, Elsdon C. "American Surnames." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.