Komorowski Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Komorowski Name
Origins of Komorowski:
This is a Polish habitational name for a cottager or occupant, acquiring from the Polish ‘komora’ meaning a hut or cottage, and the possessive suffix ‘-ow’ (a common place name, component) with the addition of the locational suffix ‘ski.’ In surnames -ski originally indicated a connection with a place and was similar to the French ‘de’. Formerly, the name holder would have been lord of the land or estate to which the name related, but slightly the name was used for citizens of every status. Coats of Arms given to Komorowski families of Poland and Galicia noted heraldically in ‘Rietstap’s Armorial General’. One of the earliest has a red fess across a silver field. The fess is typical of the military girdle worn round the body over the protection. The Coat of Arms for the Komorowski family of Liptowa, Galicia, has three silver falling gradually trimmed bars on a red field. The bar is the small of the fess.
More common variations are: Komorowski, Komarowski, Komorowsky, Kamorowski, Kumorowski, Komerowski, Komierowski, Kamrowski, Kmarowski, Kamarowski.
The surname Komorowski was first found in Silesia, where the name gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.
The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Komorowski of Poland , dated about 1680, in the “Rieststap’s Armorial General.” It was during the time of King John Sobieski III who was known to be the “The Last independent King of Poland”, dated 1674. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation.
Many of the people with surname Komorowski had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.
United States of America:
People with the surname Komorowski landed in America in different centuries like Burly Komer, who arrived in New York in 1832. Christian Kommer, who settled in North America in 1844. Anna Komer, who came to New York, NY in 1848. John Komar, who came to Ashtabula Co., OH sometime between 1875 and 1906.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Komorowski: Poland 12,316; United States 1,192; Germany 538; France 233; Canada 160; Brazil 111; England 108; Australia 89; Sweden 44; Belgium 22
Anna Komorowska (born May 1953), is a Polish Classical scholar, old First Lady of Poland and was the wife of the old President of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski.
Countess Anna Maria d’Udekem d’Acoz (born Countess Anna Maria Komorowska in September 1946) is a Polish noblewoman and the mother of Queen Mathilde of Belgium.
Bronisław Maria Komorowski (born June 1952) is a Polish leader and biographer who gave services as the President of Poland from 2010 to 2015.
Father Bronisław Komorowski (May 1889–March 1940) was a Polish Roman Catholic priest, active in the interwar period in the predominantly German Free City of Danzig. He, a Polish volunteer and educator, was killed by the Nazi occupiers at Stutthof concentration camp, together with many Polish activists arrested during the Polish September Campaign. In June 1999, Minister Komorowski was among 108 Polish martyrs of World War II, blessed in Warsaw by Pope John Paul II.
Gertruda Komorowska (born 1754 in Suszno –February 1771 in the river Rata near Sielec Bełski, Poland) was a Polish noble lady. She was the Daughter of Count Jakub Komorowski and his wife, Antonina Pawłowska, Gertruda Komorowska married Count Stanisław Szczęsny Potocki in December 1770. She passed away the following year at a very young age.
Liliana Komorowska (born April 1956) is a Polish actress and film producer. She appeared in more than fifty films since 1964.
Maja Komorowska-Tyszkiewicz (born December 1937) is a Polish film actress. She has appeared in over 35 films since the year 1970.
Marcin Komorowski (born April 1984 in Pabianice) is a Polish football player.
Stanisław Komorowski (1953–2010), was a Polish politician.
Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski (1895–1966), was a Polish officer.
Wiktor Komorowski (1887–1952), was a Polish fighter pilot.
Zbigniew Komorowski (born 1977), was a Polish figure skater.
Komorowski Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Komorowski blazon are the arrow and horseshoe. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and argent.
The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 2The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 3Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 4A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
Given the martial nature of the origins of Heraldry, in the identification of knights and men-at-arms it can come as no surprise that mediaeval weaponry of all types are frequently to be found in a coat of arms 5Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 89. The regular prescence of the arrow, both singly and in groups is evidence of this. In British heraldry a lone arrow normally points downward, but in the French tradition it points upwards. 6A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Arrow. The presence of an arrow in a coat of arms is reckoned to indicate “martial readiness” by Wade. 7The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P111
Although we expect to find fierce creatures and fearsome weapons depicted in a coat of arms this is not always the case – sometimes simple household objects are used 8A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P281. The horseshoe is a typical example of this. Sometimes these objects were chosen for the familiarity they would have for the obsever, helping them identify the owner. 9Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 100. In addition, the horseshoe, which is one the earliest symbols found in heraldry 10A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Horse-shoe can be seen as a “safeguard against evil spirits” and may still be found nailed above doorways today. 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P112