Zaleski Family History

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Zaleski Name Meaning

Polish, Ukrainian, and Belorussian: topographic name for someone who lived ‘on the other side of the wood’, from Polish za ‘beyond’ + las ‘forest’, with the addition of -ski, suffix of local surnames, or a habitational name for someone from a place called Zalesie, named with these elements. As a habitational name, it is also found as an Ashkenazic Jewish name. Polish (Zaleski): topographic name for someone who lived ‘on the other side of the water meadow’, from Polish za ‘beyond’ + leg ‘water meadow’. Polish: variant of Zalewski.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Zaluski, Zalewski, Poleski, Zalesky, Zales, Maleski, Waleski, Zavesky

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Zaleski Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Zaleski name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Zaleski. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Baltic States


  • Germanic Europe


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Zaleski Family Origin

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Zaleski Family Occupations

What did your Zaleski ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Zaleski occupation in the USA was Sculptor. 100% of Zaleski's were Sculptors.

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  • Sculptor


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Zaleski Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Zaleski. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zaleski census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Zaleski. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Zaleski. For the veterans among your Zaleski ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Zaleski Life Expectancy

What is the average Zaleski lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Zaleski life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Zaleski in 1943 was 49, and 76 in 2004.

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