Meaning of Pietak
Hi! I'm trying to find out the meaning of my last name. I don't know if it's been Americanized from when my great-grandparents came in at Ellis Island from Poland.The closest I can find is what is posted in the surname list of Polish last names: "Piatek", which apparently means "Friday" in Polish.I've found other people (online) with the last name of Pietak, but I can't seem to find the meaning of it.Also, does anyone know the real Polish pronunciation? My family pronounces it like "pee - tack" (long e as in "greet" and long a as in "cat") but I would like to know the real/official pronunciation of Pietak, if anyone knows it.Can you help me, please? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Hey! This is old and you probably won't see it but im a pietak! Polish and pronounced like pee tack. My Family has told me is was modified from pietakowski. I wonder if we're related! Hope you see this.
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My last name is Pietak! We pronounce it pee tack as well and I was told it was shortened from Pietakoskswi from polish decent. This is all I know! I live in America if that helps.
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According to Hoffman's Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings, Piętak is derived from pięta 'heel' though it's hard to figure how someone could have acquired such a nickname. The surname is pronounced approximately /pyentak/. For more on the exact pronunciation of /ę/, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_phonology
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Thanks for your help.
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