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Polish settlers in South Africa (1652-1910)

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  • Johan Michael SOWIETSKY, SV/PROG (c.1765 - d.)
    Johann Michael Sowiecky (Jan Michał Sowiecki) originated most probably from Tarnów, a middle sized town located in the southern part of Poland. In 1772 this area was incorporated into the...
  • Christiaan Troskie, SV/PROG (1766 - d.)
    DROSKY CHRISTIAN (also called TROSKIE). - Danzig. Bombardier since 1787. ~ 30.12.1792 Aletta Louisa Enslin (Marr. Reg. of Paarl). 4 children, the eldest, Johan Martin, bapt. 1793 in the Lutheran Church...
  • Michael Gerens (deceased)
  • Paul Tätz, SV/PROG (b. - 1764)
    TäTZ PAUL (S), also called TEST. - Danzig. Son of Thomas T. and Catharina Stigmann. Arr. 1737 as so., loaned as shoemaker 1737-43, b. 1746, resident at Stellenbosch. ~ 25.8.1743 Catharina van Ho...

Among the first European settlers in South Africa (Cape Colony) the greatest number came from The Netherlands, France and Germany. Poles, alongside the British, Scandinavians and Portuguese were less numerous, but would also come into the area later on. Up to the end of the 18th century, the ancestors of such contemporary Afrikaner families as Drosky, Jankowitz, Knoop, Kroll, Kube, Troskie, Schonraad and Zowietsky had come in from Poland. Before the Cape Colony was formally transferred under British rule (in 1814), the aforementioned settlers had been joined by the founders of the Barensky, Beirowski, Jewaskiewitz, Kitshoff, Koleske, Latsky, Masureik and Valensky families. During the 19th century successive Poles settled there, giving the origins for dozens of new families (such as the Ankiewicz, Aproskie, Banas, Baransky, Czapiewski, Dobrowski, Dubiel, Gregorowski, Henfling, Jacoby-Grabowski, Juritz, Lazarus, Liss, Litkie, Manthey, Neizel, Pachonick, Prozesky, Robeck, Schukala, Skorbinski, Skowronek, Waberski, Weimann and Woicichowsky families). These consecutive waves of migration increased the Polish contribution to the formation of the South African society.


A. Old Cape Families (arrived before 1814)

A.1. First Fifty Years (1652-1707) - immigrants from Poland and Polish Prussia

Becker (Bekker) [arr. 1695]

Botkewitz (Potkiviet) [arr. 1676] (in: Polish Wikipedia)

Campher [arr. 1686]

Eysman [arr. 1704]

Grunwald (Groenewald) [arr. 1688]

Andresen de Jonker [arr. 1684]

Kneppel [arr. 1692] (in: First Fifty Years Project)

Kowalsky (Cowalsky) [arr. 1695] (in: Polish Wikipedia)

Liske (Lisky) [arr. 1656]

Malmer [arr. 1700]

Mecklenburg [arr. 1688]

Nachtigal [arr. 1687]

Petkau (Petkouw) [arr. 1652] (in: Polish Wikipedia)

Romejk [arr. 1693]

Constantia van der Stel (Abrahamsz) [arr. 1703]

A.2. Single men in the years 1707-1806

Cameijnske [arr. 1746]

Dirkze (Diksen) [arr. 1758]

Drosky [arr. 1746]

Freislich [arr. 1759]

Gerens [arr. 1766]

Goor [arr. 1770]

Jankowitz [arr. 1783]

Kaltenbach [arr. 1769]

Knoop [arr. 1737]

Kroll [arr. 1750]

Krumholect (Kromhout, Cromhout) [arr. 1728]

Kube [arr. 1775]

Langenau [arr. 1763]

Meeding [arr. 1776]

Meyer [arr. 1748]

Müller (Mulder) [arr. 1771]

Pansegrau (Pansegrouw, Pansegrauw)

Reack [arr. 1721]

van Reenen

Roscheit [arr. befor 1806]

Zappel (Sappel) [arr. 1727]

Schickora [arr. 1756]

Schönrat (Schoonraad) [arr. 1792]

Seydler [arr. 1751]

Sowietsky (Zowietsky, Zowitsche) [arr. 1793]

Steen [arr. 1742]

Teszner (Tessenaar) [arr. 1738]

Tetz [arr. 1737]

Truschke (Troskie) [arr. 1784]

Werdetsky (Werredilsky) [arr. 1793]

Willer [arr. 1727]

Wotky (Wotsky) [arr. 1763]

Wotsky [arr. 1767]

Incomers from the Netherlands, probably of Polish origin

Blisefski [arr. 1781]


Stredon (Strydom)

Fenter (Venter)

A.3. Discharged British soldiers, formerly in the army of Napoleon (arrived 1811-1814)

Bajersky [arr. 1811]

Barenski (Barensche) [arr. 1811]

Beirowski [arr. 1813 ?]

Chintzack [arr. 1811]

Jewaskiewitz (Jewaskowitz, Jewatzchewitz, Jowett ) [arr. 1813]

Kitschuck (Kitshoff) [arr. 1811] (in: Polish Wikipedia)

Kolesky (Coleske) [arr. 1811]

Latsky [arr. 1811] (in: Polish Wikipedia)

Mazureik (Mazuriek, Masuret, Massoret) [arr. 1811]

Schiskosky [arr. 1811]

Valensky [arr. 1811]

B. British Cape Colony (1815-1910)

B.1. British Kaffraria (1857-1877):

Ankiewicz [arr. 1877], Ankiewics in SA

Baransky [arr. 1878]

Dobrowski [arr. 6.12.1858] (in: (in: eGGSA library)

Dombrowsky [arr. 1877]

Grabowski (Jacobi von Grabowsky, Jacoby)

Hempfling (Henfling)

Lis (Liss) [arr. 1878]

Mendelski [arr. 1877]

Pachonick 1; Pachonick 2 [arr. 1877]

Piwecki [arr. 6.12.1858]

Promnitz [arr. 6.12.1858]

Schulz [arr. 13.01.1859]


Skorbinski (in: eGGSA library)

Szukała (Schukala) [arr. 6.12.1858]

Waberski [arr. 1877]

Weimann [arr. 6.12.1858]

Weisz (Weiss) [arr. 6.12.1858]

Wojciechowski (Woicichowski, Winter) [arr. 6.12.1858]

B.2. Single men (families) in the years 1815-1910

Aproskie-Bogotsky (Abokoski, Abagostus) (in:



Czapiewski (von Czapiewski) (in: eGGSA library)


Dubiel (Du Biel)

Gregorowski [arr. 1834]

Hohowsky (Kokowsky) [arr. c. 1900] (in: eGGSA library)

Jamneck [arr. 1830]

Juritz [arr. 1825]


Kühl (Kuhl)







Prozesky 1, Prozesky 2



Troskolanski (in: eGGSA library)