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Notable Polish Americans

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  • Nicolas Cage
    Born Nicolas Kim Coppola, he changed his name early in his career to Nicholas Cage to avoid the appearance of nepotism as the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola. A peripheral member of the early Eighties' ...
  • Tony Romo
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  • Casimir Pulaski (1745 - 1779)
    Casimir Pulaski (1745-1779) was a Polish nobleman, soldier and military commander who has been called, together with his counterpart Michael Kovats de Fabriczy, "the father of the American cavalry". Bo...
  • Richie Sambora
    Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora (born July 11, 1959) is an American rock guitarist, producer, musician, singer/songwriter who is the longtime lead guitarist of the popular rock band Bon Jovi. He and...
  • Jon Bon Jovi
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Polish Americans are Americans who have total or partial Polish ancestry. There are an estimated 10.5 million self-identified Polish Americans, representing about 3% of the U.S. population.

Polish Americans are the largest Slavic and West Slavic ethnic group in the United States, second largest Central European group after the Germans, and the eighth largest immigrant group overall.

The first Polish settlers arrived at Walter Raleigh's failed Roanoke Colony in 1585. In 1608 Polish settlers came to the Virginia Colony as skilled craftsmen.

-- Wikipedia, revision of 12 November 2019


Please add any and all profiles for notable U.S. public figures of Polish ancestry. Remember that surnames are often deceiving, since the ancestry might be through maternal lines or the person may use an Anglicized or married surname.