Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Re: Help with Surname Etymology #ukraine


In a message dated 5/7/03 3:12:00 PM, writes:

<< I'm wondering if anyone can help me figure out if the surname ZAPOLANSKY is

associated with Poland, or any other particular place (like a river or a

village). I have looked for this family name in various databases of Jewish

surnames and have not found it. My ggf Mottel ZAPOLANSKY was born in

Kremenchug and lived in Iekaterinoslav (now Dnepropetrovsk). >>

I'll be very brave (or rash!) and suggest that the ZAPOLANSKY is based on
the Polish "za" which means "behind," "after," "by" or "in" or "on." As for
the rest, there is a Polish noun "polana" which means "glade," or
"clearing." So ZAPOLANSKY may be a sort of toponym meaning "he who lives
behind or beside the glade."

I did some quick lookups on the internet for ZAPOLANSKY and found the name
listed at:

which is a necrology for Ostrin by Ellen Sadove Renck.

The second URL that appeared was for an artist named Alexander Zapolansky
who was born in Tomsk, Siberia, and claims to be a descendent of Rabbi Tosfot
Yomtov ( Lipman-Heller). See "The Tribe: The Cohen-Levy Heritage" website at:

So I then did an online search for Tosfot Yomtov and one of the URLs that
turned up

which is for the 100th Yahrzeit of the "Maharam Schick." This has a
"click-on" for the Shick family tree showing descendents of Rabbi Yuda ben
Maharan Padua, Saul Wahl (the alleged "King for a Day") Rabbi
Katzenellenbogen, Rabbi Yomtov Heller, and others.

Dr. Neil Rosenstein, the noted genealogist who specializes in the
rabbinical genealogy has published articles on the Katzenellenbogens, so
maybe he would be the best person to ask whether the artist Alexander
Zapolansky is, as he claims on , a descendent of YomTov Heller. Dr.
Rosenstein's email address is:

Naomi Fatouros (nee FELDMAN)
Bloomington, Indiana
Researching: BELKOWSKY and BIELKOWSKY, Odessa and Berdichev;ROTHSTEIN,
Kremenchug; FELDMAN, Pinsk; SCHUTZ, RETTIG, WAHL, Shcherets; LEVY, Mulhouse;
SAS or SASS,Podwolochisk; RAPOPORT, Tarnopol, Korostyshev; BEHAM, Salok and
Kharkov; WOLPIANSKY, Ostryna.

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