Kovalchuk (Russian, Ukrainian: Ковальчу́к), Kavalchuk (Belarusian: Кавальчу́к), Kowalczuk (Polish), also transliterated as a German adaptation Kowalchuk (in the North American diaspora), is a common East Slavic surname (one of the most popular in Ukraine). The Kovalchuk name extends back to before 1500 AD in the Kievan Rus.
Koval (Коваль) literally translates as forge or blacksmith. The suffix -chuk denoted either a son of, or an apprentice to a blacksmith. It is somewhat similar in commonality to English surname Smith. It is also cognate with very popular Polish surnames Kowalczyk and Kowalski.
- Andrey Kovalchuk (born 1959), Russian sculptor
- Anna Kovalchuk (born 1977), Russian actress
- Boris Kovalchuk (born 1978), Russian official, son of Yury Kovalchuk
- Chris Kowalczuk (born 1985), Canadian footballer
- Serghei Covalciuc (born 1982), Moldovan-Ukrainian footballer
- Syarhey Kavalchuk (born 1978), Belarusian footballer
- Ilya Kovalchuk (born 1983), Russian professional ice hockey player
- Kyrylo Kovalchuk (born 1986), Ukrainian footballer
- Mikhail Kovalchuk (born 1946), Scientific Secretary of the Council for Science and High Technologies attached to the President of the Russian Federation
- Victoria Kovalchuk (born 1954), Ukrainian artist
- Yury Kovalchuk (born 1951), Russian businessman, head of the Board of Directors of the Russia bank
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