Dworsky Surname Distribution and Migration Patterns
The Dworsky surname in Pommern seems to have originated specifically in Wendisch Karstnitz. So far as evidence points to and despite there being some from Greifenberg in Prague in the 1600s. However, no records have been found to substantiate any other existence in Pommern. The map below shows migratory destinations in Schlawe, Stolp, and Lauenburg.
These results are specifically only for where the surname traveled and does not include any subsequent generations for maternal lineages. Until the freeing of the peasants, the name stayed predominantly between Wendisch Karstnitz and its neighboring community, Rambow. Later, these would be renamed “Ramnitz” underneath the Third Reich to sound more German.
August Dawurske moved into Belgard while working on the Chaussee. He died while working on building the road. Other parts of this family moved into Fehrbellin near Berlin. Others moved into the city of Berlin.
Some relatives moved out of Pommern and into the jurisdiction of Danzig, specifically Praust and Ohra.
Only two groups of families were known to have immigrated to the United States: those of Albert Dawurske and Wilhelm Dawurske. Albert’s family move to Wisconsin, where the surname was Americanized “Dawursk.” Wilhelm’s family moved to New York, where the surname died out.
The surname still exists in small numbers in Germany today. All are thought to have originated from Stolp.
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