JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen What is the meaning of the name BOLKER? #general

Beth Galleto

My family name BOLKER apparently originated in Poland in the area of
Przasnysz. The earliest mention of this name seems to be in registrations
of births and marriages >from 1832 to 1866, in which the name is spelled
BOLKJER or BOLKIER. The oldest records describe the family as being >from
Makow. Makow Mazowiecki is 15 miles southeast of Przasnysz. The LDS has
microfilmed birth records >from Makow >from 1808 to 1811, and I just finished
looking at all the births indicated as Jewish in these records. While these
records have some surnames, most of them identify people with patronymics.
I didn't find any births that I could definitely identify as being >from
my family, but I noticed that a small number of births came >from a
community called Budzyno-Bolki, which can be found by looking at the
JewishGen Localities map of Makow at a particular magnification. It is a
little over a mile north of Makow. Is it reasonable to assume that Bolker
means ">from Bolki" in the same way that the name Lubliner would mean
">from Lublin" or Krakower would mean ">from Krakow"? Records >from later than
1866 spell the name BOLKER. I haven't found this name in the Beider books.

Beth Galleto
Greenbrae, CA

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