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Post Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:34 pm      Post subject: Shcholka
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I am from Georgia, from my father and grandfather i know that our surname Shcholka's root start from Poland, also i know that my great grandfather was Doctor or Scientist and sent in Georgia by Russian king Nicholas II, but i don't know was he really from Polish or no. We ask some people from Poland if they know someone with surname - Shcholka and, they told that in Poland is one city where are many people with surname - Shcholka, but i didn't know city name.

If anyone know something about this surname or know someone with this surname please reply me.

Thanks a lot.
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:05 am      Post subject: Shcholka (derived from Pszczolka?)
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It has been a long while since you posted this question but you may still find this useful.
According to a map of Polish surnames ( https://nazwiska-polskie.pl/ ), based on an official register of citizens from around the year 2000, there were no people with the name Shcholka or its equivalent Polish spelling: Szczolka (or Szczółka – with Polish diacritic marks). The name does not feature in Hoffman’s book on Polish surnames either.

Let me give you my informed guess: Shcholka may originated from the name Pszczółka (the o has an accent and the l is crossed with a slash). Without “Polish letters” it is spelled Pszczolka.
It is not a very common name, but were just under 1000 people with this surname at the turn of the 21st century. See: https://nazwiska-polskie.pl/Pszcz%C3%B3%C5%82ka
On this map you can see the frequency of the surname in the particular areas. There were more than 60 people with this surname in the Zywiec, Bielsko-Biala, Cieszyn and Oswiecim counties in southern Poland.

Pszczolka means “little bee” and is pronounced http://www.ivona.com/pl/?tk=lhSG9wtubQ

Here is the explanation of how Pszczółka may have become Shcholka:

During or after emigration, the surname Pszczółka becomes Pszczolka – the “Polish letters” disappear. That’s pretty obvious.
English speakers are unable to pronounce Pszczolka so the p is dropped and the spelling is Anglicized, which results in Shcholka.
To read a discussion on name changes, please check this thread: http://polishorigins.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=159 ).

Click here http://polishorigins.com/databases/index?s=Shcholka to check what can be found about your surname in the PolishOrigins Databases tool.

I would like to emphasize that the “Little Bee” story is just a supposition and I may be wrong.

We would love to hear about the progress of your family history research.

Best wishes,

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