I began researching the name DUBIEL (my name) years ago, curious as to how a name such as Dubiel was so thoroughly Polish. I thought that there might be some interesting historical tales along the way. (People often think it is French. I find NO evidence of this.)
I have not found any reasons why Dubiel is Polish, just that it is, to my mind conclusively.
My grandfather came from Poland to the USA in 1910. He was highly literate so I received a good deal of information from him, supported by immigration documents.
Although he has passed away, I visited his village two years ago, the village of Moderowka, between Jaslo and Krosno,southeast of Krakow. The tiny village and surrounding area was filled with people with the name DUBIEL. (None were my direct relatives. My relations were through the marriages of my grandfather's sisters. That is another story.) Of course, none of them ever changed the name. It exists in the same form as mine (and yours), no Dubielski's, no other variations.
I contacted the archdiocese in Przemysl at the suggestion of a priest at the local church (Roman Catholic, of course).
To be brief, I received numerous photocopied documents of church records(for a fee) that establish my family in that exact area of Poland back to 1727. The name was spelled exactly the same throughout all the documents. Curiously,at least 90% of the names associated with my family had Polish names that did NOT end in -ski.
When I hear people telling me that their name is Dubiel but they are not Polish, I am highly suspicious. And DuBiel is some affected variant in that the name Dubiel has nothing to do with France as far as I can tell.
The fact that there are many Dubiel's in Germany is largely the result of WWII. (I also have a few cousins living there.)
Nonetheless, the exact origin of the name is still a mystery, a quest I may return to one of these days. But I will do it in Poland. One Polish linguist at Jagellonian Univ. suggested that the root "dub" is key and has something to do with oak trees, possibly a person who made barrels. But this is conjecture at this point.
There are several prominent people in Krakow named Dubiel. I will contact them to further the quest. My Polish isn't too good but I fortnately live in a town with a large Polish population so translators are avilable.
I would enjoy reading accounts of your research and/other hypotheses.
Richard Dubiel Stevens Point, WI
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