Fascinating Fact # 23

The most common surname in Poland is Nowak, which derives from the word ‘new’ or related words ‘newcomer’, ‘new man’ or ‘stranger’.


Nowak – the most common surname in Poland. Thought by some to mean ‘new convert’ to Christianity.

The largest numbers of families with the name Nowak live in the province of Wielkopolska / Wielkopolskie (Greater Poland) and Silesia (śląskie).

Many Americans and Canadians with Polish roots who originally had the surname Nowak have or have had Anglicized the name to Novak or Novack.

The second most common name in Poland is Kowalski (meaning Smith).

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