Opalka Family History
Opalka Name Meaning
Polish and Jewish (from Poland) (Opałka); Czech and Slovak (Opálka); Rusyn (in Slovakia also Opálka in Poland mainly Opałka): metonymic occupational name for a basket maker from Polish opałka Czech and Slovak opálka Rusyn (Ukrainian) opalka ‘woven basket’. Polish (Opałka): possibly also a derivative of opalić ‘to burn or singe’ or ‘to get sunburnt’ hence a nickname for a sunburnt individual.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press