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Re: history of surname "Hoponick"
in reply to a message by Getb
The surname Hoponick is an American form of Polish surname Haponiuk. Variants include Haponick, Haponik, Haponuk, and others. The meaning of the surname, I do not know, but I will try to find.
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Some thoughts on the surname Haponiuk -
Although it does occur in Poland I suspect it originated in either Belarus or Ukraine; or possibly among the 'Ruthenians' living in Poland.
It looks to me like a patronymic from the name Gapon, a Russian and Orthodox male name that would be prononced with an initial H sound among the peoples mentioned above.
I believe that Gapon is a variant of Agafon, ultimatly deriving from the Greek Agathon, meaning 'good'. This name would have been found among people of Orthodox or Uniate communities, rather than among Catholic Poles.
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Don't know how serious this site is:, but it gives some váriations on this name:
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