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Recorded in a number of spellings including Bukac, Bukova and Bukovsky (Czech), Bukov (Bulgarian), Bukek, Buczek, Bukowski, Bukowiecki (Polish), Bukowsky, Buczko (Jewish) and others, this is a surname of topogrphical origins. It derives from the Polish and Slavic word 'buk' meaning a beech tree. Hence it was originally given either as a topgraphical name for somebody who lived by a prominent beech tree perhaps one used as a boundary marker, or to somebody who owned a beech wood or forest. Where the name is Jewish it was ornamental, and usually 18th century, and was one given to refugees fleeing Islamic persecution from areas under Turkish control or dominance.

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