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Surname Bernatowicz

The surname Bernatowicz can have two different origins. The first of these dates back to the Middle Ages and results from the process of the evolution of Polish names. Originally, the endings - icz or - owicz in the surnames were - ic, - owic and determined the origin from the father. So the medieval surname Bernatowic meant son of Bernat. The phonetic change in the sound of these increases was influenced by the Ukrainian language. At least three noble Bernatowicz families have been recorded since 1500. In medieval documents you can find: Biernatowicz in 1376, Biernartowic in 1189 and Biernat in 1365. What is the origin of the name Bernat? In the Middle Ages, many names were adopted under the influence of the Czech language: Jerzy, Katarzyna or names of the apostles. The name Bernat is probably the hardly pronounced Biernat or Bernard - name of Germanic origin. Bern means bear, while hard is strong.

Another possible theory of the origin of the surname assumes that some Bernatowicz families may come from Armenian settlers who had settled since the early Middle Ages in the cities of eastern Poland. Armenians, being polonized, also polonized their names by adding Polish name-forming suffixes, especially -owicz. That is why in the seventeenth century Lviv we meet Armenian merchants with the name Bernatowicz.

If we want to trace the name's history, we will learn from most sources that it is a coat of arms of given nobility, meaning that it was given by the ruler to persons who did not have a noble title before. Usually for merit.

However, the representatives of the Bernatowicz family that we will meet in this book are not noble. They are Podlasie peasants. So why do they have a noble name? The most probable hypothesis is that their ancestors were impoverished nobles who came from Lithuania and Russia, who lost their privileges and ennoblement.

Rozmieszczenia nazwiska Bernatowicz na terenie Polski
Placement of Bernatowicz surname in Poland
Białystok60Piotrków Trybunalski11Słupsk7Płock5Ostróda4
Warszawa60Starachowice11Świebodzin7Rybaki5Piła4
Augustów46Sumowo11Dzierwany6Skwierzyna5Płońsk4
Olsztyn36Cybinka10Jagoczany6Wałbrzych5Przemyśl4
Suwałki34Sopot10Jezierzyce6Wawrów5Sejny4
Gdańsk27Drozdowo9Łomy6Włocławek5Siedlce4
Zawady-Tworki27Dryga9Łódź6Wólka5Sosnowiec4
Sztabin23Ełk9Malbork6Ząbki5Strzelce Opolskie4
Kunicha19Gołdap9Malesowizna6Żywki5Szklarska Poręba4
Wrocław19Grajewo9Marcinowiczki6Bartoszyce4Tarnowiec4
Jelenia Góra17Łomża9Raduń6Bielsk Podlaski4Zamość4
Ostrołęka17Międzyrzec Podlaski9Somianka6Choszczno4Izabelin C3
Gorzów Wielkopolski16Tychy9Stożne6Dobre Miasto4Klewianka2
Gdynia15Wyszków9Straduny6Głęboczyzna4Białe Jeziorki1
Krapkowice15Chorzów8Brzeg5Godziszowa4Borzewisko1
Szczecin15Giżycko8Czarny Las5Jelcz-Laskowice4Dąbrowa Białostocka1
Poznań14Sanok8Ewy5Juchnajcie4Dubeninki1
Świdnica14Tarnów8Horodnianka5Kamień4Gródków1
Sulechów13Władysławowo8Ignalin5Knurów4Linowo1
Lublin12Blenda7Jugów5Korsze4Marlinowo1
Polanica-Zdrój12Jabłońskie7Karlino5Krosno Odrzańskie4Stróża1
Banie Mazurskie11Katowice7Kazuń-Bielany5Lądek-Zdrój4Włościbórz1
Dębnica Kaszubska11Koszalin7Kowale Oleckie5Łapy4Zawiszyn1
Kołobrzeg11Kraków7Piaseczno5Mrągowo4
Krasnoborki11Podczerwone7Pisz5Nowa Ruda4
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