Cracow, October 31, 2000
Dear Ms. Borawski,
I suppose that your surname derives from the name of the village Borawskie. There are three villages with such names, all of them in the voivodship of Podlaskie, former voivodship of Lomza, near the towns Jedwabne, Radzilow, and Stawiski.
1. Borawskie, 16 km southeast form the town Stawiski. Historic versions of the name: de Borawy 1472, z Borowskimi 1565, Borawicze Witinie 1577, Borawskie Wytynie 1783, Borawskie a Witynie 1827, Borawskie 1880, 1980, since today.
2. Borawskie, 9 km southeast form the town Stawiski. Historic versions: Borowo 1421, 1426, 1471, Borawe 1480, Borawskye 1480, Borawica Dobki 1577, Borawskie a Przytuly 1827, Borawskie 1839, Borawskie-Przytuly 1880, Borawskie 1921, 1980 and today.
3. Borawski-Awissa in the community of Radzilow, 16 km southeast from Szczuczyn. Historic versions: Borawsky 1439, Granicies Borawskych 1473, Borawycze 1479, Borawskie 1484, Borawice a Wissa 1550, 1577, Borawskie Konopki Wyssa 1795, Borawskie a Wisa 1827, Borawskie awissa 1839, Borawskie 1880, Borawskie-Awissa 1921, 1973 and today.
There is also one villiage Borawskie near Suwalki, 11 km northeast form the town Olecko. Historic versions of the name: Borawsken 1561, 1796-1803, Borawsken-Borawskie 1879, Borawskie (Polish) or Borawsken (German) 1880, Borawskie-Deutscheck 1938, Borawsken 1941, Borawskie 1951, 1980 and today.
'Borawski' is the adjective from the name Borawskie; the adjective is the source of your name. The name Borawskie derives from the adjective 'borawy' with the very similar meaning to 'borowy', which means 'connected with forest, belonging to the forest'. The typical Polish adjective is created with the suffix '-owy'. The suffix '-awy' means that a feature is less intensive. E.G. bialy 'white' - bialawy 'a few white'; rudy 'red' - rudawy 'a few red'; mokry 'wet' - mokrawy 'a few wet'; zimny 'cold' - zimnawy 'a few cold'.
The surname is very common in Polish. There are 3000 people with this name, most of them in the voivodships of Lomza (1058), Suwalki (435), Gdansk (182), Warszawa (154), Bialystok (142), Olsztyn (123), Katowice (120), Ostroleka (75), Szczecin (71), Elbalg (64), Legnica (58)...
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