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Ronald29609



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Post Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:01 am      Post subject: Surname Help - Samanakiewicz
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> Greetings,
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> My Grandfather was from Lithuania.
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> His last name is Samanakiewicz on my dad’s birth certificate.
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> I am having a difficult time tracing his name.
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> Any suggestions?
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> Many thanks,
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> Ronald Simmons(Samanakiewicz)
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:35 pm      Post subject:
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How sure are you about that name? There is hardly any info to none about this name. Instead, there is plenty info about Sanakiewicz surname. Maybe it is mispelled Sarankiewicz or similar?
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:16 pm      Post subject:
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You may be right.
I always thought that it may have been misspelled but I have no way to verify it.
I thought that maybe the person who filled out the birth certificate spelled it phonetically.
That is the spelling on my dad's birth certificate, Father is "Stanuslaws Samanakiewicz". Mother is Anna Zarnowski.
We grew up in upstate NY with my mother's relatives so we know very little of my dad's family who was in NJ.
Thanks for the reply.
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Post Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:13 am      Post subject:
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Can you add some more info, when grandparents come to USA, what town they come from, any other info, it would be easier to find them on ship manifest.
What you mean by your grandfather have been from Lithuania. Was Lithuania written on birth certificate, or you ment area of today Lithuania?
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Post Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:01 pm      Post subject: Surname Help
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Yes, His Birth Certificate says Lithuania. The only information that I could find wad from Genealogy.com and lists 2 Samanakiewicz form the Russians to America data. I have attached the listing. I don't have any old family pictures or records that would help unfortunately. Thanks again for your help.


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:02 pm      Post subject:
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He was 46 when my dad was born in 1914 so he would have been born 1868.
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Post Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:28 am      Post subject:
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My Polish ear could hear it as Szamankiewicz, according to Polish etymological works this derived from an old Polish name Szamania, this going from Polish language and word 'szaman'. Generally very very rare surname in the present-day Poland, according to Polish census 1990 they were only 2 adults in Poland surnamed Szamankiewicz, one from Warsaw, and one from Poznan:
Nazwisko Ogólna liczba Rozmieszczenie
Szamankiewicz 2 Wa:1, Po:1
source: www.herby.com.pl
The other version like a shortanage in pronounciation and typing would be Samankiewicz [S and SZ as equivalents].
So, your roots are Poles from Lithuania, or Lithuanians from an old Poland.
Hope this helps a bit, happy weekend!
Tad
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Post Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:06 pm      Post subject:
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I cannot tank you enough for your expertise.
Don't be a stranger Smile
Best Regards,
Ronald
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Post Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:41 pm      Post subject:
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Tad made also good point. I will look on ellisisland for various surnames when it's back online.
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Post Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:18 am      Post subject:
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It's very hard to find some information about surnames.
There is also record for Czesław Samankiewicz on familysearch https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F68N-B6T or https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F6DW-B6F The only Samankiewicz i found is in Kuryer Litewski 1830 here about awarded school boy Michał Samankiewicz from school in Świsłocz (today Belarus).

Żarnowski surname may be from nobles from Wołyń area. There were also some Żarnowski in Bujwidze and around villages, it is located to the east from Wilno, at the very border of today Lithuania.

Quite small info for me to find accurate results. Sad

Edit: There are some people going to USA from Kowno area, village is Osanka/Orzanki?? i cannot read exactly, Semenkiewicz surname filtered result

Edit2: I know you ask for Samankiewicz, but just in case, there is a tree for Anna Zarnowski that may match yours http://www.geni.com/family-tree/index/6000000003688552291 and search results https://familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&query=%2Bgivenname%3Aanna~%20%2Bsurname%3Azarnowsky~
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The last name Koniar. Find the meaning of Koniar..They came from the same place as the Iskierka's in Galicya,miedzbrodzie Poland.
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:17 pm      Post subject: Samanakiewicz
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Sirdan, I think that Anna Zarnowski may have been my Grandmother.
I never met her.
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