From there came Stanisław, Bishop of Kiev and later of Poznań (died 1697); also from this family was the poet Stefan Witwicki, born in Janów in Podolia…"Dolina is now Dolyna, and Bolechów is now Bolekhiv; my maps confirm that Witwica/Vytvytsa is about 14 km. Most of the inhabitants of this village were Greek Catholics, and would have gone to the church in the village to register births, deaths, and marriages, whereas the Roman Catholic minority would have gone to the church in Bolechów/Bolekhiv.

As of 1990 there were 955 Polish citizens named Witwicki, living all over the country, but with the largest numbers in the provinces of Warsaw (89), Katowice (97), Wloclawek (72), Wroclaw (138).

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My humble guess is that is is a patronmic name of St. As you say, -owicz means "son of," and the Walent- part comes from the first name Walenty, which is the Polish version of "Valentine" (originally from Latin Valentinus from valens, "strong, mighty").

So the name means "son of Valentine."Unfortunately, by the nature of things, patronymics formed from popular names are quite common, and are seldom concentrated in any one area.

The surname Wielkopolski probably started in most cases as a name for a person from that area or somehow identified with that area.

Unfortunately, it's a rather large area, so the name itself doesn't provide anything very helpful in terms of tracing ancestors.

I've been told by relatives that we are Prussian Poles.

I have already read that the suffix -owicz means son of, so I guess the key would be to determine what walent means. Don't sell your "limited knowledge" short, because you're on target; some Polish names are not so tough, and this is one of them.

As of 1990 there were 252 Polish citizens by this name, and they, too, were not concentrated in any one place -- you find small numbers of folks by that name all over the country.

As of 1990 there was no one in Poland with the name Pincoski.

The largest numbers (10 or more) lived in the provinces of Jelenia Gora 12, Poznan 15, Torun 57, Warsaw 11, Wloclawek 15, so the people by this name are scattered all over the country, but with some concentration in central to northwest-central Poland.

Usually names ending in -ewski originated as references to a place; in this case we'd expect the name to mean something like "person from Figlewo," except I can't find any mention in any of my sources of any place with a name remotely similar.

I don't have access to further details such as first names and addresses, I'm afraid what I've given is all I have.