Springfield Lithuanian Families

Do you know any Lithuanians in Springfield, Illinois? The following are the surnames of men and women who came to the Springfield area during the first, second, or third waves of twentieth-century Lithuanian immigration to the U.S. (Not all lived the rest of their lives here.)

This listing is provided as a resource for family genealogists. All the names were culled either from personal interviews, obituaries, grave stones, the Golden Jubilee Book of St. Vincent de Paul parish (1956) or newspaper articles. Although I have tried to be as inclusive and accurate as possible, there may an occasional error of omission or inclusion.

Readers should be aware that the illiteracy of first-wave immigrants and attempts by both Lithuanians and Americans to phonetically translate Lithuanian surnames into English produced a wide variation of spellings, with successive generations of the same family, and even siblings, often adopting different versions of the same name.

A: Abraitis, Abramikas, Abroms (Abromas), Adeikis, Adomaitis (Adams and Adamsky) Ajustus, Akulaitis, Alane (Alaunis, Aluanis), Aleksis, Aleveckis, Ambrose, Androski, Andruskevitch, Anskis, Antanazitch, Armas, Arnish, Atkocitis, Augustitis.

B: Babeckis, Backovitch, Baksys, Bakunas, Baladas, Balciunas, Balisky, Baliunas, Balkauskas, Ballon, Balsis, Baltrusis, Banaitis, Banich, Banzin, Barnick, Baronowsky (Baranauskas) Bartashies, Bartkus, Bastis, Baublis, Bazar (Bazaras), Begaila, Begowy, Belsky, Bender, Bendeskus, Bendick, Benneky, Benikas (Benikati), Benya, Bernotas,  Beveridge, Biernoski, Blasius, Blaskie (Blaskavicius, Blaskavich), Blazavich, Blazis, Bluyus, Bogdens (Boggens), Bokainis, Bozis, Bracius, Bratizas, Brazaitis, Brazas, Brazinsky, Bruozis, Bubbels (Bubelis), Bubblis, Bubnis, Buckewitch, Buckus, Budulis, Budwitis, Buguveski, Bukovsky, Bukis, Bumpkus, Buragas (Buracas), Burcikas, Burdzilauskas, Buresik, Buskis (Buskus), Busnick, Butkauskas, Buurchik.

C: Cachmiscus, Casper (Kasparas), Chekas, Chenski, Chepulis (Cepulis), Chernis, Chesnut (Chestnut), Chevenskas (Cevenskas), Chirelis, Chunes, Chunis, Cikas, Cizauskas (Cizsuckas), Cooper (Kuperis).

D: Damkus, Danelevich, Daniusis, Darran, Dedinas, Denkevicius (Denkevice), Denushis, Denosky, Deresker, Detrubis, Diczban, Diksonas, Dombroski (Dombrowki), Donner (Donnor), Dowaitt, Draugelis, Dumbris, Dunkus, Dunnetski.

E: Egnot (Ignotas), Embrolitus, Endzelis, Evinsky.

F: Fraieras (Fraier).

G: Galman, Garulis, Gedaminski, Gedman, Gedudis, Genewitch, Genis, Gerchey, Gerke, Gerula, Gestautas (Gestaut), Gidus, Giedrys, Gillette (Gilleties), Giogas, Goodlich, Grinn, Godinas, Grabski, Grabuski (Grabauskas), Grenowage (Green), Gridznis, Gridzuis, Grigalunas, Grigas, Grigiskis (Grigiski), Grigsby, Grinius (Grinn), Grustas, Gudauskas (Gudausky, Gudesky), Gudinas, Guoga, Gurgens (Jurgelionas, Jurgelimos), Gurski, Guzouskis, Gvazdinskas.

I: Ignotas (Egnot).

J: Jakaitis, Janarauskas, Janeskas (Janesky), Jankauskas, Jasukenas, Jedrosky (Jedrowsky), Jogminas (Jogominis), Jonaitis, Jonikis, Jozaitis, Jugkanis, Juris (Yuris), Jurkins.

K: Kacevicius, Kalvaitis (Kalvatis), Kamicitis, Kandrackis, Kantenis, Kapusta, Karalitis, Karciauskas (Karchauskas, Kerchowski), Karinausky, Karvelis, Kasauskis, Kasawich (Kosavich), Kasiulynas, Kasmer, Kasparas (Kasper & Casper), Kaston, Kasulis, Kavalauski, Kavirt, Kavish, Kazakaitis, Kaziusis (Kazusis), Kazlauskas, Kazlavsky, Kedis, Kelert, Kellus, Kensman, Kersulis, Kervinus, Keturaki, Klickna, Klim, Klutnick, Koskey (Koski), Kowlowsky, Krasauskas, Krisciunas, Kristute, Krizonoski, Krodok, Kromelis, Kudirka, Kuizin (Kuizinas), Kukowich, Kulberkis, Kulbokas, Kulys, Kulberskis, Kunski, Kuperis, Kuprenas, Kuprevicius, Kupris, Kurila, Kurlytis, Kutkin, Kutselas, Kutskill, Kuzas, Kuzmicky, Kuzmitski, Kwedar (Kvedaras).

L: Lagunas, Lamsargis (Lumsargis), Lanauskas, Lapinski, Laskaudis, Lasky, Latonis (Laton), Lauduskie, Laugzem (Lang), Laukaitis, Launikonis, Laurenaitis (Lawrence), Lavaitis, Lazdauskas, Lelesius, Lelys, Leschinsky, Lingas, Linges, Liutkis, Loda, Lokaitis, Lokavich, Lookis, Lornaitis, Loukis, Luishes, Lukitis.

M: Machulis, Macius, Mack, Maculevicius, Makarauskas, Makauskas, Makzstutis, Malinisky, Malisky, Malkowski, Malsky, Mankus, Marciulionis (Marchulonis, Marchulones), Markunas, Markus, Marshellitus, Martinkus, Maslouski (Maslauski), Masus, Matalones, Matevius, Matula, Matulaitis, Matulis, Matulizius, Mauragis, Mazika, Mazrim (Mazrum), McCaskey (MeCaskey), Meiron, Meizelis, Meszeikis, Micklus, Mickalites (Mykolaitis), Mielkaitis, Miernikas, Miglin, Mikalauskis (McCluskey), Mikelonis, Mileryte, Milleris (Miller), Mirelis, Missavich, Mitskus, Mitkus, Mockus (Moskers), Modiovsky, Molatis, Morris, Moskers, Mosteika (Mostaka), Mouske, Mozeris, Mucinskas, Muckakitis.

N: Nargelenas, Narmont, Naumovich, Nerkevich, Nevada (Nevardoskus or Nevidauski) Nevitt, Norus, Novick (Novickas or Navickas).

O: Oleseskis, Olshevsky, Olzewski, Orback.

P: Pachules, Pakutinsky (Pakey or Pakutinskas), Paldwich, Palauskas, Palusinskas (Palusinski), Papavis, Papir, Paplanskas, Patkes (Patkus), Patrilla, Paukstaitis, Paulanski, Paulionis, Pauliski, Paulovich, Paustates, Pavlak, Pavletich, Payauys (Pajaujis), Pazemetsky (Pazmetsis, Pazinsius, or Pazinskas), Peciokas, Peckeris, Peleckis, Pelton, Peterite, Petkus, Petraits, Petrakus, Petreikis, Petrokas, Petrouch, Petrovitch (Petrowich), Petrushunas, Pickeritis, Pikcilingis, Pinkes, Pittcavich, Plaskas (Pleskus), Pokora, Poliskie, Poska, Potsus, Pranckevicius (Pranchewicz), Punibajas (sp?) Pupkis.

R: Rachkus, Rackauskas, Raczaitis (Rassas), Radavich, Ragoznice, Raguskis, Ramanauskas, Randarchick, Raskuskas, Rautis, Razuskinas, Rekesius, Relzda, Repaitis, Repske, Rester, Rigalonis, Rimbutis, (Rumbutis), Rimkus, Rinkavich, Rieskevicius, Rizutis, Rodems, Rodutskey, Rokinh, Romanduski, Rudis, Rulinaitis, Rukai, Rukis, Rulberskis, Rumsas, Rupslaukas (Ruplauskas), Rutkens, Ružinauskas (Rusinaukus).

S: Sabeckis, Sacadelskis (Sucodelskis), Samolitis, Samosky, Selesky, Senalik, Senkus, Setatavich, Shadis (Shedis), Shadwich, Shalamskas, Shalunas, Shaudis (Shoudis), Sheraika (Sheraka) Shereikis, Shidlauski, Shimalis, Shimanskis (Shimanckas), Shimkus, Shodwit, Shupenas, Shuris, Shvagzdis, Sidlauskas (Sidlau, Sidlauski), Simonavich, Sinkus, Sirtout, Sitki, Sketchus, Skimutis, Skrelevicius, Sleveski, Slezevich, Sluzalis, Skritski, Sneckus, Sockel (Sockol), Soltis, Sonwaites, Sotek, Spendzninas (Springjunas), Spudis, Staken, Stanisauskas, Stankevich (Stankvich or Stankevicius), Stanks, Stankus, Stanslovas, Stanslow,  Stantuslauskas, Stanulis, Starkewich (Stark), Stasukynas (Stasukinas), Steskal, Stimburis, Stirbis, Stockus, Stonicus, Stonkus, Stonys, Strauckas, Stravinski, Strunk, Stuches, Stulzinski (Stulginski), Stuches, Sugentas (Sugent), Surgis, Susinskas, Swaja, Swerplus, Swieguski, Swinkunas, Szedis, Szerletich.

T: Tacilauskas, Tagilauskas, Tamoszaitis, Tamoliunas, Tater, Tekoris (Tekeris, Tekors), Terlis, Thomas, Timko(?), Timmis, Tiskus (Tisckos), Tonelis, Tonila, Totoraitis (Tutorites), Treinis, Tribicius (Tribich), Trijonis (Triyonis Tyrones, Trienas), Trumbit, Turasky, Tureskis, Tverjonas, Tweryon.

U: Ulak, Ulaski, Ulinski, Urban, Urbanckas, Urba, Urbas, Urbik, Urbis, Usalas (Usalis), Usas, Usman, Usus, Utinsky, Uzgiris.

V: Vadakus, Valatkas, Valansky, Valentinas, Valentonovich (Valentinavich, Valontinis), Valiukenas, Vaskas, Vinoskas, Vinson, Vonagus, Vosylius, Vysniauskas (Wisnosky).

W: Waitkunas (Witkins), Waitkus, Waiwaris, Wallentukonis, Walons, Walrs, Wecksnis (Vieksnys), Weidikas, Weiklas, Widowski, Wielis, Wiesnauckas, Wilcauskas (Welch), Willis (Willus) Wilitis, Wishnosky, Wisnosky, Witcuskie, Witkins, Wunkus.

Y: Yacktis, Yacubauskas (Yacubasky, Yates), Yakas (Yakus), Yakst (Yakastis), Yamont and Yarmont (Jomantas), Yanak, Yaniski, Yanarauskas (Yanor), Yanushitis (Janusitis), Yaris, Yaruskinski, Yasinski, Yezdauski (Yezdauskas), Yoggerst, Yogminas, Yonic (Yonikas), Yotus, Younik, Yuhas, Yukus (Yukas, Yucas), Yurgil, Yuris (Juris), Yuronis, Yuscius (Juscius), Yuskanich, Yuskavich, Yuskus, Yuris. (All the “Y” names originally began with a “J.”)

Z: Zacarosky, Zakar, Zaleski, Zavickas, Zapkus, Zebrawskie, Zeldonis, Zelowski, Zelvis, Zemaitis, Zibitus (Zibutis), Zilinski, Zilkes, Zinkevicz, Zintelis, Zipsnis, Zolden, Zubkus, Zubles, Zwinak, Zwingles (Zvingilas).

Names that have been obviously Americanized are: Adams, Alane, Ambrose, Bender, Casper, (Kasper) Chesnut and Chestnut, Cooper, Darran, Donner (Donnor), Galman, Gedman, Gillette, Grinn, Kaston, Kensman, Klim, Lang, Lawrence, Miller, Morris, Nevada, Pelton, Stark, Strunk, Tater, Thomas, Welch, Witkins, Yates and Yanor. Other American names of men reportedly to be Lithuanian are: Kerns, Linc, Rester, Savage, Skeets, Gabriel and Soto.

Despite their impoverished and difficult beginnings in our area, many Lithuanian immigrants saw their descendants go on to great success in athletics, business and politics. Did you know that Springfield is represented by a Lithuanian-American Senator, Richard J. Durbin, and a Lithuanian-American Congressman, Rep. John Shimkus?

If you have a Springfield Lithuanian-American family history, please study the family pages here and contact Sandy Baksys sandybaksys@gmail.com to submit text and photos for your own family page.  Thanks!

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8 thoughts on “Springfield Lithuanian Families”

  1. Edward Egnot said:

    My husbands family (grandparents) came from Lithuanian and lived in the north end.Name was Paulauskis and Engot (Ignatius) He still practices speaking the language. Has a lot of history he could relate

  2. Bill Prather said:

    My grandmother use to live on North 15th Street. Her name was Lawrence (Launikonis). I have multiple photos of old family members I would like help in identifying.

  3. Victoria Yucus said:

    My husband’s family used to own the market on 1700 Sangamon. The last name of Yucus. My husband still makes Lithuanian dishes he learned from his grandmother.

  4. Audrone said:

    O LORD,from the ends of the earth I call to you,to help me find my Gvazdinskas family. And you send me: “Springfield Lithuanian families”. I really appreciated reading the article,this is so helpful. Thank you so much, Sandy! Sincerely Audrone G.

  5. Phyllis Walentis said:

    Looking for anyone with the last name Pupkis

  6. Phyllis, I spotted a Pupkis gravestone–I believe he was a WWII veteran, at calvary cemetery. Otherwise, I have had no other contact with anyone of that family…

  7. Sharond Jakubus said:

    my grandfather was in Illinois for a while his name was Charles Waitkus he died in the 1930s and i have nothing to go on i know he came to America on the freidrich der grosse my father Joseph didn’t know anything because he was about 5 when Charles died. Exactly where Charles came into the U S who knows any help would be appreciated.

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