Gajda Family History
Gajda Name Meaning
Polish, Slovak, and Hungarian: from Slavic gajda ‘bagpipe’, in particular the kind of folk instrument found in the Carpathians. The word is ultimately of Turkish origin. The surname probably arose as a metonymic occupational name for a piper, but perhaps in some cases as a nickname, as the Polish word also has the figurative meanings ‘fat legs’ or ‘awkward person’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press