Last name origins & meanings:
- Polish, Ukrainian, and Belorussian: topographic name for
someone who lived ‘on the other side of the wood’, from Polish
za ‘beyond’ + las ‘forest’, with the addition of
-ski, suffix of local surnames, or a habitational name for
someone from a place called Zalesie, named with these elements. As a
habitational name, it is also found as an Ashkenazic Jewish name.
- Polish (Załęski): topographic name for
someone who lived ‘on the other side of the water meadow’, from Polish
za ‘beyond’ + łęg ‘water meadow’.
- Polish: variant of Zalewski.
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