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Name Szmulik
Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage Polish
Pronounced Pron. shmul-EEK
Other Forms FormsUSA: Smulik & Smulick; Ukraine: Smilik & Szmulyk
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Meaning & History

The Szmulik surname has much history. Its origins are Hebrew. It has taken on various spellings over the centuries, depending on where the person or family lived in Europe or America.

The Szmulik surname was derived as a patronymic surname. Meaning it is made up of two parts: Szmul and ik.

Patronymic surnames are usually created from the first name of a male ancestor. In the case of Szmulik, it means "son of Szmul". The given name is Szmul and the ik is a Polish surname rule meaning "son of".

Szmul comes from the Hebrew name of Shmuel, meaning "Samuel". It is generally pronounced like 'shmoo-EHL'. Shmuel was a Hebrew Bible Prophet and his name was taken by many religious peoples to be used as a male child’s given name. For context, Samuel is the Anglicized form of the Hebrew name 'Shmuel', derived from the Hebrew word shama, which means "to hear", and el, which means "God or all powerful". Shmuel (and thus Samuel) therefore means "to hear God".

Through the ages Shmuel became Shmul and eventually in the Polish-Ukraine region known as Galicia (1720-1918), Shmul eventually was spelled and pronounced as Szmul. Because Samuel (Szmul) was a popular given name for a father and a son, it became difficult to identify the two when they both went by the name of Szmul. Therefore as an adult, the son would be referred to as Szmulik (meaning son of Szmul). Once the Polish peoples started to adopt surnames in the very late 1700’s, church records would record the new surnames such as Szmulik. You may also find many Polish church records just spelling the surname as Szmul.

The surname Szmulik is still used by many of the descendants of Polish immigrants in the United States. However, after WWI many of the Polish immigrants living in the U.S. changed their Szmulik surname to the more Americanized spelling of Smulik and Smulick though-out Pennsylvania, Illinois and New Jersey.
Added 8/29/2020 by smulicknagy