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TOKARSKI Poland 1900-1930
Posted by: Pav Tokarski Date: December 07, 1999 at 13:07:39
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I Hope that by adding this name to the Genforum listings it will encourage all interested Tokarski’s to enquire of their roots, and possibly establish family connections.

The etymology of the name Tokarski in Polish is very clear, is an adjective of "Turner" (a traditional craftsman). (The English descriptive definition would be a lathe worker, the name probably came into existence before the machine but this is the English translation not the Polish meaning!)
This name is quite popular in Poland and is typically Polish.
Variants of the name Tokarski are "TOKAREK,TOKARCZYK,TOKAREVICH,TOKARZ
and TOKARZEWICZ". Polish references to this name include a record of Tokarski family of OSTRZEWZAW who were first recorded in 1452.
Also a Document exists which officially recognises the Nobility of a "Basyl sas Tokarski" and his sons who came from the district of Halicz dated 27/01/1897.

I have been told there are 2 distinct family lines of Tokarski, both having their own coat of arms,(the 2nd coat of arms still eludes my research).
A genealogical researcher looked the name up in a French genealogy book and found the name was derived from the marriage of two wealthy families, the name was invented because neither family wanted the name of the other family, therefore the Tokarski name was born. how true this really is i do not Know, but it is the only story i have heard about the Tokarski name.
I have been told that at least one line of Tokarski’s changed their name to Tucker to avoid possible discrimination in the U.S.
Another suggested the name was derived from a town called "Tokar".

I am trying to put together my family tree, (It is very difficult without any records, as most are either destroyed, non existent, or in Poland, plus living in the UK does not help, I am interested in ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE NAME TOKARSKI. i.e. where the name originated from, any information on its origins etc., coats of arms?.

I am trying to trace my Ancestors through my fathers line , his fathers name was Marion(male) and his mothers name was Catherine nee Melnik, Marion had brothers Jan & Peter. Bronislaw (Bronic) my father had the following brothers and sisters, Josef b.1924, Clementine b.1914, Wladislaw b.1926 & Helen b.1922. The family lived on their farm near the village of Wysokie near the town of Halich in Poland.

If you have any other information, corrections or connections to the above please let me Know.

Pav Tokarski.

My thanks to all those "Tokarski’s" who helped me in compiling this information.


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