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Re: Kapusta name change

katherine kapusinski (View posts)
Posted: 1136069954000
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 1017455446000 
Katherine Kapuscinski 1017487261000 
Katherine Kapuscinski 1017487731000 
Mark Kapusta 1083639526000 
Katherine Kapusinski 1135987438000 
Mark Kapusta 1136044518000 
katherine kapusinski 1136069954000 
MauDY56 1022898553000 
Jim Kapusta 1091983118000 
Katherine Kapusinski 1136070632000 
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