Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Koppernig Silesia

Northwest of Katowice, was a parish village called Koppernig. The ancestors of the famous astronomer, Copernicus were from Koppernig.

The name of the village has been spelled various ways through the years. A large German atlas of Silesia was published in 1731 by Wieland in Nuremberg spelled it Kopernik.

The name Kopernik or Koppernig may come from the occupation of coppersmithing. From Latin word 'cuprum,' through the German 'kupfer.' Kopernik in old Polish also meant a dealer of copper or someone who worked in metal, but especially copper.

Based on information found in the book, Nicholas Copernicus 1543-1943 by Stephen P. Mizwa.

After 1945, Koppernig was known as Koperniki, according to some sources.

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