When Matthew Cherniawski was born in 1872, in Horodenka, Horodenka, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, his father, Michaelis Czerniawski, was 21 and his mother, Eudocia Kuszczuk, was 21. He married Barbara Mendzatiuk in 1892, in Horodenka, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He died in 1909, in his hometown, at the age of 37.
Some characteristic forenames: Polish Benedykt, Janusz, Lech, Stanislaw.
Polish and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone from any of various places called Czerniawa, Czerniawka, or Czerniawy, all in the southern borderland of Poland, all named with a dialect variant of Polish czarny ‘black’.
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