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Type Surname (from location & from occupation)
Usage Polish, Jewish
Pronounced Pron. KO-vahl-EF-skee(Polish)  [key]

Meaning & History

Habitational name for someone from places called Kowalew or Kowalewo, named with kowal "smith" or an occupational name for a blacksmith.
Added 4/18/2012 by FlakyMatt
Edited 7/20/2014 by Fanny