Meaning of surname “Moshchennik” #lithuania #russia #names #translation


I have 19th-century cousins in Eishyshok/Eisiskes using Moshchennik as a surname.  Online sources assure me it is Russian, but translate it as “cobbler,” or “paver.”  Then there are recent Russian newspaper articles that translate the word as “scammer” and “fraudster!”  The Polish equivalent, moszczenica, is a tiny town near Krakow, but is also translated as “cutworm.”  (Perhaps that is why it can mean “scammer” or “fraudster.”)  Any Slavic language etymologists out there?
Fred Millner
Trenton, NJ

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