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This Polish surname of YAROS was of three-fold origin. Firstly it was a locational name meaning 'one who came from JAROSZEWO' the name of four places in Poland. Secondly, it was a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Jacob' which was derived amazingly from the Hebrew given name Yaakov, via the Latin Jacobus. In the Bible this is the name of the younger twin brother of Esau who took advantage of the lack of hunger and impetuousness to persuade him to part with his birthright 'for a mess of potage'. The name is traditionally interpreted as coming from Hebrew AKEV (heel) and Jacob is said to have been born holding on to Esau's heel. The name has travelled widely and the principal forms of the given name in major European languages are JACOB, JACQUES, GIACOVO, GIACOPO and IACOPO. Lastly it was given as a nickname to a vigorous young man, one who was robust and strong. The name has many variant spellings which include JARUZELSKI, JARECKI, JARES, JARY, JAROSZEK, JARUSEK and JARIC, to name but a few. Throughout Eastern Europe Jewish forms of the name were extremely common, ranging from YAAKOV to JANKL. 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. Some names were changed by immigrants whilst on the boat heading for America and Australia. These transformations were usually to names thought by the immigrants to be more respected in his native land than the one he bore. Many Poles added 'ski' to their names to attain a higher social status since such names were accorded more respect from people of Polish extraction. Thus a larger proportion of Polish names carried this termination in America and Australia than in Poland. A notable member of the name was Wojciech JARUZELSKI, born in 1923, the Polish soldier and politician. He was the Minister for national defence and first secretary of the Polish Workers (Communist) party.

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