According to 19th century genealogists, our origins are located in the Niewino villages, near Bielsk Podlaski (Podlasie) in the 15th century. The name Książyk is mentioned in a series of reference Herbarz books that list the names of Polish nobility.
Local historians confirm that the Książyk people are members of the Niwiński family, a branch of the Paprzyca knights who settled in the area of Wyszki in Podlaskie during the 15th century. Paprzyca was a prominent family from the Kuszaba Clan and the two names were frequently mixed up. Along with other Paprzyca relatives, the Książyk were allowed to use the herb (coat-of-arms) of the clan. Hence the "h." for herb that we can found after our name in herbarz books.
From our researches, the first name record was Andrzej Książyk, Chamberlain of King Alexander Jagello from 1503 to 1505. Other documents specify that in 1569, Stanisław Książyk swore allegiance to the Polish King Sygmunt August II.
From Podlaskie, some Książyk families established in Galicia during the 17th century. This region of Western Ukraine was a province of Poland from 1540 to 1939. During the years 1875s, many Książyk families emigrated to the US and Canada. Those who remained in Galicia were brutally expelled in 1945.
Genealogists confirm that the Książyk families from Podlaskie and Wielkoposka are related. An herbarz book records the presence of a Książek h. Paprzyca family in 1600 in the Powiat Śremski (Śrem County), a region of Wielkopolska. There is no more information about this family who presumably had a property registered by the tax administration.
Another herbarz record specifies that in 1752, Tomasz Książyk h. Paprzyca was granted przywilej na sołectwo (royal privileges) over the village of Turek near Kalisz. Unfortunately, the register Akta Grodzkie Czerskie, zwane Perpetuatis (Czersk town files) mentioning this decision was destroyed during WWII.
Today in Poland, the largest group of Książyk families is still living in this region. Most of them are located in the area framed by Jarocin, Kalisz, Gostyń, Kościan, and Poznań. The Książyk families in France are also originating from this largest area with 19th century roots in Żegocin, Nowe Miasto nad Wartą and Śrem.
We have no records to establish a link between our name and the town of Książ, 30km away from Śrem. We can only report the similarity in spelling. Long ago, this town was also written Xsiąż and we have many "Xsiążyk" spelling in the Church records of the Książyk families during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Książyk in Śrem: Jan Siwik, Encyklopedia Nazwisk i Przydomków Szlacheckich, Warszawa 2010.