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Bukowski Coat of Arms / Bukowski Family Crest

Bukowski Coat of Arms / Bukowski Family Crest

This Polish and Jewish surname of BUKOWSKI was a topographic name for someone who lived in a beech wood or by a beech tree. The name was derived from the Old Polish spelling BUK. The earliest Polish surnames were patronymic. The personal names from which they were derived were mainly Slavonic, but as the Middle Ages progressed, traditional Slavic given names, began to give way to saint's names, mainly of Latin origin. Surnames derived from Slavonic personal names are of early origin, and tend to be borne by aristocratic families. When traditional Jews were forced to take family names by the local bureaucracy, it was an obligation imposed from outside traditional society, and people often took the names playfully and let their imaginations run wild by choosing names which either corresponded to nothing real in their world. No one alive today can remember the times when Jews took or were given family names (for most Ashkenazim this was the end of the 18th century or the beginning of the 19th) although many remember names being changed after emigration to other countries, such as the United States and Israel in recent years. The name has many variant spellings including Buczek Buczak and Buczko. A notable member of the name was Charles Bukowski (1902-) he was a German born Amerian poet, short-story writer and novelist, born in Andernach. As befits an underground writer, his world is one frequented by low lifers which he evokes, as one critic said, in 'words nailed to the page'. His pared style, revealing an affinity with Hemingway, has been employed to effect in four novels, half a dozen collections of short stories and many volumes of verse. A cult figure who has not achieved popular success, he has a sardonic sense of humour and a liking for long titles, eg. Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit (1979). It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.

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