Piotrowski (feminine: Piotrowska, plural: Piotrowscy) is a Polish surname derived from the first name Piotr (Peter). The name, and its variations, literally mean "from the place of Peter," and indicate a family's origin as being a town or village such as Piotrów or Piotrowo. Variants and related names include Piotrowicz, Piotrowiak, Piotrowsky, Pietrowski, Pietrkowski, Pietrowsky, and Pietrowiak.
This surname is mainly found in Poland and Russia and the former territories of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. It is particularly widespread in Poland, where it is the 19th most common surname, with 61,844 bearers in 2009. Descendants of certain noble families, including that of a minor Tatar Knyaz, also bear the name or variations thereof. Comital and baronial branches of the family also exist. The earliest known ancestors of the family can be traced back to the late 11th century belonging to the Gozdawa coat of arms.
Various coats of arms have been associated with the Piotrowski family. The name has been associated with the Abdank, Belina, Ginwiłł, Gozdawa, Jastrzębiec, Junosza, Korwin, Kotwica, Leliwa, Lis, Nieczuja, Poraj, Prus, Przerowa, Rawa, Ślepowron, and Świnka coats of arms.
According to Polish heraldist Kasper Niesiecki (1682–1744), families bearing Piotr-derived surnames living in the region formerly known as Podlasie were often represented by the Gozdawa coat of arms. Notable members of this branch include Piotr Piotrowski, parliamentary representative in 1591, and Dr. Łukasz Piotrowski of the Academy of Cracow and author of Grammaticarum institutionum libros 4. Cracov. in 4to.
Grand Duchy of Lithuania
- Aleksander z Trojan Piotrowski, Borough Scriptor (pisarz grodzki) of Ashmyany and Sejm tax collector (1618)
- Stanisław Piotrowski, Crown and Lithuanian Treasury Clerk (pisarz skarbowy koronny i litewski) (1632)
- Jakub Piotrowski, Podstoli of Lublin
- Agnieszka Piotrowska (born 1964), Polish filmmaker
- Antoni Piotrowski (Bulgarian: Антони Пьотровски, Antoni Pyotrovski; 1853–1924), Polish painter
- Bernadeta Bocek-Piotrowska (born 1970), Polish cross country skier
- Damian Piotrowski (born 1987), Polish footballer
- Edward W. Piotrowski (born 1955), Polish physicist
- Gosia Piotrowska, Polish television actress
- Irene Piotrowski (born 1941), Canadian athlete
- John L. Piotrowski (born 1934), U.S. Air Force general
- Józef Piotrowski (disambiguation), several people
- Lillian Piotrowski (1911-1974), American politician
- Marek Piotrowski (born 1964), Polish kickboxer and boxer
- Maksymilian Piotrowski (1813-1875), Polish painter
- Mirosław Piotrowski (born 1966), Polish politician
- Oskar Piotrowski (disambiguation), several people
- Paweł Piotrowski (born 1985), Polish Paralympic athlete
- Robert Piotrowski (born 1963), American architect
- Ryszard Piotrowski (born 1924), Polish war hero
- Sebastian Piotrowski, German-Polish footballer
- Tadeusz Piotrowski (disambiguation), several people
- Teresa Piotrowska (born 1955), Polish politician
- Tom Piotrowski (disambiguation), several people
- Zygmunt A. Piotrowski (1904-1985), Polish born, American psychologist
- Wólka Piotrowska, a village in Podlaskie Voivodeship in Poland
- Peterson, the English-language equivalent of this surname
- Ministry of Interior (Poland). Statystyka najpopularniejszych nazwisk występujących w Polsce in 2009 (The most popular surnames in Poland in 2009). Retrieved August 19, 2013.
- "Piotrowski". About.com. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
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