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Subject: Re: [S-H-RTS] Prussian KUNAU surname and "Kunau, (Konowo, Pila, Poland)"Related?
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2000 20:04:56 +0200
I am searching for information re: Arnold KUNAU, born in 1879 in Lyons,
Iowa to parent's Siegfred Kunau of Loheide and Kunigunde FELDMANN of
Langeness, Schles-Holstein, Preussen.
I found a map of Poland today on the Paprocki family's genealogy site
after seeing a reference on the list to "dogpile.com". Thinking it a joke at
first, I was surprised when I actually found the "dogpile.com" site. I did a
search for "KUNAU Prussia" and was hopefully expecting some KUNAU "kin" .
However, I found instead, a location called "Konowo (Kunau), Pila, Poland"
Is it possible that the surname KUNAU originated in the area of Poland
that I found today? "Konowo (Kunau), on the southern shore of the lake
(between Badecz and Lobzencia (Lobsens). . . . is about 2 km east of Blugowo.
The north shore of the lake was in West Prussia in the 1800's." "The names
in parentheses are the Old German names for each town."
I would appreciate hearing from anyone with knowledge of the area or the
origin of surnames in Prussia. Thanks so much.
in Europe there are numerous families who bear the name of villages or cities,
in some cases you can even trace their origin to the area in which that place
was - in most cases however it is impossible to prove that they had their
origin there, or were of noble origin, or had property there.
JUST REMEMBER: FAMILY NAMES CAME TO EXISTENCE AT A TIME WHEN THERE WERE NO
CHURCH REGISTERS (starting around 1200 <till 1850 in areas without good
administration, as described by Austrian author Peter Rosegger>). Church
registers came into being mainly around 1560, I know some few exceptions
in 1524. I wrote about that in this list some days ago.
Best regartds JDt