Origin of Lorek Surname
Laurus nobilis (Latin name for a bay tree.) > Laurentum (A place in Italy probably named from its laurels or bay trees; today Loreto.) > Laurentius (A man from Laurentum.) > Laurentius (A saint who was martyred at Rome in the 3rd century AD; he enjoyed a considerable cult throughout Europe, with consequent popularity of the personal name (French Laurent, Italian, Spanish Lorenzo, Catalan Llorenç, Portuguese Lourenço, German Laurenz; Polish Wawrzyniec (assimilated to the Polish word wawrzyn ‘laurel’), etc.) > Lorenz (German, Dutch, Spanish (northern Spain), Jewish: from a vernacular form (German Laurenz, Dutch Laurens, Catalan Lorenç) of the Latin personal name Laurentius). As a Jewish surname, it is probably an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Ashkenazic names.) > Lorek (German (of Slavic origin); from a pet form of Lorenz.)
Quotations from Ancestry.com that uses Dictionary of American Family Names.
Lorek Family Tree
The oldest known to us record of Lorek surname comes from the Lutheran Church in Cieszyn and speaks about the wedding of Jendrżej Lorek from Jasienica with Zuzanna Charwot in September 1778. Jendrżej Lorek, because he comes from Jasienica, must somehow be connected to our family tree.
The oldest known to us record of surname Lorecki, that is of similar to Lorek origin, dates back to 1653 and speaks about wedding of Wojciech Lorecki and Barbara Fabian in Końskowola (source: Przodkowie.com).
Have a look at Lorek genealogy. We have been able to trace our family roots back to the middle of the 18th century. It was the time when the Catholic Counterreformation was still in place, so our Lutheran ancestors must have been practicing their believes undercover. In 1781 Emperor Joseph II of Austria issued the Tolerance Patent, which guaranteed the Lutherans limited religious freedom in Teschenian Silesia. In 1782-86 they built their house of prayer in Jaworze, from which register books we mostly gathered the information about our forefathers.
|Johann Lorek, b. 1760-70s||Ewa Lorek (maiden name Szczepakin), b. 1760-70s|
|Johann Lorek, b. 9 XII 1796, Wieszczęta no. 14||Marina Lorek (maiden name Gill), b. 17 VI 1799, Wieszczęta no. 10|
|Paul Lorek, b. 12 II 1832, Wieszczęta no. 10||Ewa Lorek (maiden name Mazura), b. 20 I 1830, Łazy|
|Jan Lorek, b. 3 V 1866, Wieszczęta no. 17, d. 4 IV 1946||Anna Lorek (maiden name Kynig), b. 12 VII 1866, Jasienica, d. 15 V 1947|
|Maria Lorek, b. 28 IX 1893||Father unknown|
|Józef Lorek, b. 10 III 1919, Bielsko||Helena Lorek (maiden name Zender), b. 2 XI 1919, Jasienica|
|Jan Lorek, b. 1952||Jolanta Lorek, b. 1952|
|Piotr Lorek, b. 1977||Alina Lorek, b. 1985|
|Emil Lorek, b. 2009
Natalia Lorek, b. 2011