Zeleznik Family History
Zeleznik Name Meaning
Slovenian (Železnik): nickname or an archaic occupational name (compare below) derived from železo ‘iron’ or a nickname from železnik a name of a plant (Lithospermum) noted for its hard seeds. It can also be an old habitational name for someone from any of the places called Železno named with a derivative of železo ‘iron’. Czech and Slovak (Železník Slovak also Zelezník); Rusyn (from Slovakia; Železník and Železnik): occupational name for an ironmonger from Czech and Slovak železník an agent derivative of železo ‘iron’. Compare 3 below. Polish (Żeleźnik) and Rusyn (from Poland; Żeleźnik rarely Żeleznik): occupational name for a metalworker or an ironmonger from Polish żeleźnik a variant of żelaźnik an agent derivative of żelazo ‘iron’. Compare 2 above.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press