The etymology of the surname Wysocki
(pronunciation) defines someone who comes from a
place called: Wysoka, Wysokie or Wysock, Wysocko ect. The name indicates the
topography of the area - an elevated place (located higher then other places).
It is also possible that the name was coined following the pattern of names
ending in -ski and was given to someone who was tall (in Polish:
Wysocki has been recorded since the 14th c. and already then was quite common.
It is listed in "A Dictionary of Surnames" as frequent among Poles living outside of the country and Ashkenazic Jews.
There are many Wysockis' home places both within the current and former territories of Poland:
Poland-142KB Lithuania Byelorussia-66KB Ukraine-102KB
Last updated: 2001-03-08
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