Józef Piotr Frączek (P1376) , 1884–1957 (aged 72 years)
- Józef Piotr /Frączek/
Finding Polish names
Some of the Polish names in this database were (in Poland), Nędza. Frączek, and Słomiany
ę and ą are nasalized vowels, like ã in Portuguese, or the o in French non
So when they came to the U.S., some clerks wrote what they heard — Nendza, Fronczek
while others wrote what they saw, i.e., Nedza, Fraczek
The ł in Słomiany is a bit more interesting, It sounds more like an English w
but it looks like an l (L), which is what generally ended up being used in America.
But a century later, when numerous people were trying to make indexes
to the records at Ellis Island, some of them (unlike the clerks back then) had neither
knowledge of Polish, nor the experience of having spoken to hundreds of Poles,
nor the arriving immigrant to pronounce it for them.
So when they came to a handwritten Słomiany, they wrote what they thought they saw: Stomiany.
Since I had only seen it as Slomianna (and Slonins, go figure!), I could never
have thought to look for a T. If I had heard it pronounced “Swomiany”
I might have known what letter it was, but in print, it doesn’t look like a T.
Also, in Polish, nouns—including names—have both gender and case. If a man’s
name is Słomiany. his daughters would be named Słomiana. But a clerk who
did not know that, and had processed dozens of males by that name, might
(as one did with Wiktorya) write a female’s name the same way.
- Joseph Peter /Fronczek/
- Type of name
- immigration name
Finding Polish names
Section 31, Lot 31
Descendants of Józef Piotr Frączek (P1376)
Józef Piotr Frączek (P1376), molder, son of Agnathis Basok (P273), was born on March 19, 1884 in Poland and died on March 10, 1957 in Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA at the age of 72.
He married Wiktorya Słomiany (P371), daughter of Paul Szlomianna (P70) and Rose Plisz (P1596), on January 17, 1910 in Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA. She was born on December 23, 1888 in Stary Sącz, Bezirk Neusandez, Galicia, Austria and died on April 1, 1944 in Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA at the age of 55.
Children of Józef Piotr Frączek (P1376) and Wiktorya Słomiany (P371):
Rose Fronczek (P1721), daughter of Józef Piotr Frączek (P1376) and Wiktorya Słomiany (P371), was born on January 20, 1913 and died on January 1, 1990 in Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA at the age of 76.
Carol Teresa Fronczek (X306), daughter of Józef Piotr Frączek (P1376) and Wiktorya Słomiany (P371), was born on December 12, 1923 in Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA and died on August 9, 2000 in Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, USA at the age of 76.
She married Walter Frank Dec (P1354), son of Stanislawa Dec (P1360) and Karolina Nędza (X156).