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This surname of YAWORSKI is a topographic name for someone who lived by a maple or sycamore tree. The name was originally derived from the Polish word JAWIR (maple, sycamore) + the surname suffix SKI. The suffix SKI is also found as an ending of Russian surnames, but these are usually of Polish origin. It was also used by Ashkenazic Jews. By the time most Jewish people on Polish territory were acquiring family names in the late 18th and 19th centuries, it was already widely used as a general surname suffix. 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. The name is also spelt JAURES, JAWORSKI, JAWOROWSKI, YAVORSKI, JAVORSKI, JAVUREK, YAVOROV, JAUER, JAVOR and JAUERNICK. A notable member of the name was Jean JAURES (1859-1914) the French socialist leader, writer and orator, born in Castres. A deputy from 1885 to 1889 he lectured on philosophy at Toulouse, became a deputy again from 1893. He founded the French Socialist party and in 1904 helped to found the socialist paper 'L'Humanite' which he edited until he was assassinated in July 1914. 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.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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