One of the things I find interesting when studying my surname or even the word itself ‘KUTA’, Is the wide usage of the word across the world, not only the world but across time too. There existed in biblical times an ancient Babylonian city called Kuta of which is mentioned in the Bible in chapter 17 of the Book of Kings, I plan to discuss in detail this long lost city in another post but for now, my focus is the four lakes of Poland that share their name with my family name. Kuta is a Galician word and common across many of the Slavic countries of Eastern Europe. Whether or not these four lakes are named after a member of the Kuta family or just associated with the nearby village of Kuty remains to be said.
The four lakes are as follows;
Jezioro Krzywa Kuta (Curved Kuta Lake) / Biała Kuta (White Kuta Lake) / Czarna Kuta (Black Kuta Lake) / Głęboka Kuta (Deep Kuta Lake)
The Kuta lakes mentioned are popular with local fisherman and situated within the fishing region of Stręgiel Lake in the Węgorapa River basin and used by the Polish Angling Association. They are located within the Protected Landscape Area of the Land of the Great Masurian Lakes with a total area of 85,527.0 ha. Interestingly I come from a long line of avid fisherman a family sport that can be traced back to my forbears in Poland.
Jezioro Krzywa Kuta
Krzywa Kuta – a lake in Poland in the Warmian-Masurian
The lake lies in the Masurian Lake District, in the mesoregion of the Great Masurian Lakes, in the Sapin Basin – Węgorapa – Pregoła. It is located about 18 km to the north-east from Giżycko, west of the village of Jakunówko. To the lake and flowing from the east is a watercourse called Tributary of the lake. The Kuta curve, which then flows out in the west towards the Biała Kuta lake.
The coastline is very developed – with a large number of bays and peninsulas. There are three islands on the lake (two in the north-east, one in the south) with a total area of 1.4 ha. The bottom is varied, muddy and sandy. The banks are mostly high, steep here and there. Surrounded by coniferous and mixed forests.
Biała Kuta – a lake in Poland in the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, in the Węgorzewo Poviat, in the commune of Pozezdrze.
The lake lies in the Masurian Lake District, in the mesoregion of the Great Masurian Lakes, in the Sapin Basin – Węgorapa – Pregoła. It is located about 12 km north-east from Giżycko , 1 km northeast of the village of Wilkus . To the lake and flowing from the east is the watercourse called Tributary of the lake. Kuta curve / Krzywa Kuta lake sits alongside Biała Kuta which then flows to the south towards Lake Wilkus.
The bottom is boggy. The banks are overgrown with forests, among others alder and birch.
Czarna Kuta – a lake in Poland in the Warmian-Masurian
The lake lies in the Masurian Lake District, in the mesoregion of the Great Masurian Lakes, in the Sapin Basin – Węgorapa – Pregoła. It is located about 15 km north-east from Giżycko, in the immediate vicinity of the buildings of the village of
The coastline is moderately developed. The bottom is leveled, sandy. In the surroundings, in addition to rural buildings, there are also meadows and fields.
Głęboka Kuta – a lake in Poland located in the Pozezdrze
The lake is located northeast of the village of Przytuły.
Głęboka Kuta has an area of 17.9 ha and a depth of 21.5 m.