If any reader would like to help us expand our coverage of the
Scots in Poland, we would be very grateful. We're particularly
interested in identifying modern Polish surnames which originated
with the Scots in Poland. If you can help . . . drop us a line.
6th April 2010.
An interesting query received - can anyone help?
"I had some great-great-grandparents (and have some modern day
cousins) named Schottky in central California and I was curious
what the origins are. I believe they emigrated from
Germany in the late 1800s, but I heard the name may have been a
Polish version of 'Scottish.' Any ideas?"
4th February 2013
"They also serve who only stand and wait" (Milton 'On his
After almost 3 years someone has answered our 2010 query! Marcin
Praglowski very kindly contacted us and refers to a book called
Nazwiska Polaków (Surnames of Poland) in which is
discussed the surname Szot first mentioned in 1317
meaning either 'a Scot' or a 'paltry herring' (sic). The derived
form being Szota, Szotarski, Szotek, Szotkiewicz,
Szotko and Szott. It's thought more than
likely that Schottky comes from the same root.