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Silesian Texan Surnames
A Silesian Texan surname can be identified clearly using sacramental records from Silesia, Poland, which document the baptisms or marriages of immigrants who came to Texas. In order for our website to be professional and credible, we strive to connect each listed surname to a Silesian village.  The long list on this page took the Silesian Profiles committee about eight years to research and document, so each time an additional surname is found, we hope to add it to our website.

The surnames may also be determined from the Schüler Agency List which provides village names for Texas settlers.  The following surnames appear in Silesian Profiles:  Polish Immigration to Texas in the 1850s and Silesian Profiles II:  Polish Immigration to Texas, 1850s-1870s. Additional information about these books is available by clicking the underlined words in the previous sentence or going to Publications.

New Articles! 
Seventeen families with asterisked surnames* below originated from the Silesian parish of Wniebowzięcia NMP located in Zębowice, Poland.  This parish was one of many in Silesia whose sacramental records were destroyed during World War II.  By clicking on an underlined surname*, you can access an article researched and written individually by Silesian Profiles authors after the publication of both books; more articles will be added as they are completed.


Also, to the names listed immediately below
is another list, called "Additional Silesian Texans Surnames," taken from the manifest lists of passengers.  Click the link or scroll down to see the additional list.  

If your surname is not listed here, it might be because
documents which prove your family's connection to Silesia have not been found.  Documents include: 
1.  Sacramental records from a Silesian church (baptism or marriage)
2.  Ship manifest records which specify a Silesian village
We welcome you to provide us with any of the above documents. Please send the scans to
 
committee@silesiantexans.com along with your name and mailing address. 
[Click here to see example!]

Adamietz

Adamik

Anderwald

Anioł – Aniol

Bąk - Bonk*

Banduch

Bednorz

Biela

Bomba

Bronder

Brysch

Burda

Cebulla

Cotulla

Czerner

Długi – Dugi

Długosz – Dlugosch

Dryś - Dresch

Dupnik – Dupnick

Dworaczyk*

Dylla

Dziuk

Feluks – Felux

Gabryś – Gabrysch

Gawel – Garvel

Gaurzel - Gorzel

Gawlik

Golla

Haiduk

Halamuda

Ibrom

Janta - Jainta*

Janysek

Jarząbek – Jarzumbek

Jędruś – Jendrusch*

Joniec - Jonietz

Jureczko - Jureczki

Kaczmarek

Kaczmarczyk*

Kasprzik

Kałka – Kalka

Keller

Kieryś – Kyrish

Kiełbassa – Kiolbassa

 

Kindel – Kindla

Knappik

Kocur – Kotzur

Kolenda

Kolodziej

Kolonko

Korus

Korzekwa

Kotara

Kotulla

Kowalik*

Kozielski

Kozub – Kosub

Krawiec – Krawietz

Kroll*

Kuczka – Kutchka

Kuś – Kush

Labiś – Labish

Labus

Lipok

Lyssy*

Mainka – Manka

Michalski – Michalsky

Mikosz – Mikosch

Miosga*

Moczygemba

Morawietz

Moy*

Mroz

Mutz

Mzyk

Niesłony

Niestroj - Niestroy

Nocoń – Notzon

Oczko

Olejnik – Oleinik

Opiela*

Palica – Palitza

Panek

Paschke – Patzig

Pawlik

Piecuch – Piezuch

Pieczka

Piegsa*

Pierdoła – Pierdolla

Ploch

Pollok

Prukop*

Pruski

Przybysz

Pyka

Rabstein – Rapstein

Richter

Roswadowski

Rzeppa

Smialek - Schmialek*

Sczodrok – Shodrock

Sczygiol*

Sekula

Sklorz

Skrobarczyk

Skworcz – Skwortz

Snoga

Sowa

Stanuś – Stanush

Strzelczyk

Swiercz - Schwierz

Szczepanik

Szyguda

Tudyk

Waclawczyk

Warzecha

Weiss

Wiatrek

Wieczorek

Winkler

Wyglądacz

Yanta – Jainta*

Yosko – Joschko*

Zając – Zaiontz

Zelonka

Zienć

Zoworka

Zygmunt - Zigmond*

Zyzik

 

 

Additional Silesian Texan Surnames

A barque or bark, type of sailing vessel. 
         --Photo from en.wikipedia.org.

Other sources of Silesian Texan surnames are ship passenger lists.  The surnames listed below were not included in the list above, so they were extracted from ship lists, and the distorted spellings were studied to identify the recognizable surnames below.

 The Bremen Bark Weser arrived in Galveston, Texas, on December 3, 1854.  The manifest included the Silesian villages with the immigrants’ names. 

Gmolla-Gomula
Urbantzck - Urbanczyk
 

The 1855 Archimed departed Hamburg, Germany for Hull and Liverpool on April 19, 1855.  The passengers boarded the Isaac Wright in Liverpool and arrived in New York on May 29, 1855.  Even though specific villages were not named, the families were all from the Opole area which distinguishes them as Silesians.

 

Drzisga 

Gresegorzyk - Gregorczyk

Grusha – Gruszka

Knieski

Ledwick - Ledwig

Nemjetz - Niemiec

Respendick - Respondek

Scheffler

Titzmann – Titzman

Yendryz - Jendrzej
 

An Example of a Silesian Texan Surname
Based on a Sacramental Record

The ideal proof of a Texas immigrant’s origin in Silesia is his or her baptism or marriage record from that region.  For example, Joseph Janysek, age 24, arrived in America as a single man on October 19, 1889, according to a New York passenger list; however, the manifest states his place of origin is Prussia which is very general.  Fortunately, Joseph himself offered his place of birth when he declared his intention to become an American citizen in 1891.  As noted in the Karnes County, Texas, courthouse records, Joseph said he was born in Schwieben, Prussia.  The German name of his birthplace was an excellent clue to finding his baptism record in the village now known as Świbie, Silesia, Poland. 
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LDS Microfilm #2125910

Ś
w. Trójcy, Wiśnicze, Silesia, Poland
[The
Św. Mikołaja records from
Świbie are stored at the Wiśnicze church and appear in a separate section on the microfilm.]
Baptism Record [Click here to see scan of original record; or scroll down.]
Pages 432-433
99th entry

bullet Infant:  Josef Janysek
bullet Date of Birth:  6 March 1865
bullet Place of Birth:  Świbie, Silesia
bullet Date of Baptism:  9 March 1865
bullet Father:  Carl Janysek
bullet Mother:  Catharina Jarosch

Interesting notes about Joseph Janysek’s life in Texas:

bullet He married Caroline Reiman in Panna Maria, Texas, on October 20, 1891 [Marriage Records: page 18, 2nd entry]
bullet Two beautiful stained glass windows in the Immaculate Conception of the BVM Church in Panna Maria are dedicated to the couple’s memory; see image in ILLUMINATED FAITH on this website.
bullet One of their sons, Monsignor Teodor Janysek, is featured in the NOTABLES section on this website.   
 


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