Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 2 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way, but currently in some countries only.
Contact: Mr Steven Harris
The Volcik One-name Study began in 2011 as an attempt to trace lines in order to break through one of my brick wall ancestors, Josef Volcik, who immigrated to the United States in the late 19th century from the historical lands of Moravia. As I failed to find information on my Josef, the research quickly expanded to all people bearing the surname in the hopes to gather more information. The One-name Study increased in data volume and research in 2018, and was officially with the Guild of One-Name Studies in 2020.
The only registered variant at the present time is Wolcik. In US census records, there is a distinct occurrence of Volcik and Wolcik (father/son relationships) in the same households.
Since 'W' only exists in the Czech alphabet for foreign words, it is believed that upon immigration to the United States, the spelling was altered for one Josef's US born children based on the pronunciation. While the accurate pronunciation is /vwaːl.ˈtʃɪk/ (Vall-chick) where the V is it is routinely misheard as /'waːl.ˈtʃɪk/ (Wall-chick).
The origins of the Volcik name trace back to the historical lands of Moravia (Czech: Morava) during the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The first recorded instance of the surname that can be found to date is in 1728 for the baptism of Adama Volčík of Kurima, Giraltovce, Slovakia (then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire).
Up to the 19th century, there were less than 50 identifiable occurrences of the Volcik name, expanding to over 200 in the 20th century. Today, there are over 1,000 historical documents available, including Birth, Marriage, and Death records, Military Records, Immigration and Passenger Records, and Census, Land, and Voter Lists.
As of current data, the widest distribution of the Volcik name is in Texas, with the majority of those families reporting connections back to the Moravia regions of Czechoslovakia.
Current Data is being uploaded to the Volcik Name Study pages, hosted on WikiTree at: Volcik Name Study.
No Volcik DNA has yet been provided for inclusion in this Name Study. if you are a Volcik or Wolcik and would like to provide DNA results, please contact the One-name Study Coordinator.
For a listing of all known Volcik's on WikiTree, see: Volcik Genealogy
For a listing of all known Wolcik's on WikiTree, see: Wolcik Genealogy
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