Grandmother's maiden name is listed as Kowesnki. I have not been able to find any such surname. Do you have any idea on the correct spelling?

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    Do you have any information about which country the surname might originate from? You can edit the question to add the information using the edit button below it.
    – user104
    Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 15:21
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    Are you sure it's Kowesnki and not Kowenski?
    – user104
    Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 18:32
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    Kowenski is from the poland/Lithuania /Belarus area
    – Jacob
    Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 17:08
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    I totally agree that Kowenski is probable Polish or Belarusian surname. More - there is a guy with such surname "Ковенский"
    Commented Jun 15, 2017 at 6:17
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    One thing to keep in mind is that you should consider that a name is not absolute. A better way of looking at it is "this person/family is known as Kowesnki/Kowenski/...". I have many people in my tree that are listed using very different spelling. Which one of those is THE correct one? None. They were known under all of those. That's why I list all names.
    – gvd
    Commented Jun 16, 2017 at 18:04

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I have actually heard and known of people with the last name Kowenski. I know it is a Jewish surname. I am pretty sure the spelling of "Kowesnki" is a typo.

I began by looking on Avotaynu in the their surname search, and here's what I found:


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It seems that it is a Polish-Jewish surname, based on the evidence above.

Like I said before, it seems highly likely that the other spelling was a typo, seeming that only two letters have been switched.


Being a Kowenski, I can tell you that in Poland while that would be the spelling of a man, the woman would be spelling the name as Kowenska.

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