WISNIEWSKI - Surname Meaning and Origin

What Does the Last Name Wisniewski Mean?

The popular Polish surname Wisniewski derives from a root word meaning "cherry tree."
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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 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 do People with the Surname WISNIEWSKI Live?

According to WorldNames publicprofiler, 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 player
  • Michał Krystian Wiśniewski - Polish pop singer
  • David Wisniewski - English-born children's author
  • Janusz Leon Wisniewski - Polish author

Genealogy Resources for the Surname WISNIEWSKI

WISNIEWSKI Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Wisniewski surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Wisniewski surname query.

FamilySearch - WISNIEWSKI Genealogy
Access 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.com - WISNIEWSKI Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Wisniewski.

WISNIEWSKI Surname & Family Mailing List
RootsWeb hosts a free mailing list for researchers of the Wisniewski surname. 

The Wisniewski Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse 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 Online
Search for information on Wisniewski ancestors in this collection of Polish genealogy databases and indexes from Poland, the United States and other countries.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

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.


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