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Barak Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a Hebrew Biblical name meaning ‘lightning’. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): acronymic surname from a Hebrew patronymic phrase Ben Rabi Kalonymos ‘son of rabbi Kalonymos’. Czech (Barák): status name for the owner of a cottage without land, from barák ‘cottage’, ‘shanty’, ‘cabin’. Hungarian: habitational name from a place called Barak, or from a pet form of one of two personal names, Bertalan (see Bartholomew) or Barabás (see Barabas). Turkish, Bosnian, and Croatian (Kordun): nickname from barak ‘shaggy-haired’. Croatian (Dalmatian coast): derivative of the personal name Bare, a pet form of Bartol (see Bartholomew) or Branimir.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Bara, Barad, Borak, Marak, Bark, Baran, Barach, Basa, Baratz, Bar

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Where is the Barak family from?

You can see how Barak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Barak family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Barak families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there was 1 Barak family living in Arizona. This was 100% of all the recorded Barak's in the USA. Arizona had the highest population of Barak families in 1880.
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What did your Barak ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Barak. 22% of Barak men worked as a Laborer and 40% of Barak women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Barak were Proprietor and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Salesman
    20%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Proprietor
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    40%
  • Perfumer
    20%
  • Proprietor
    20%
  • Stenographer
    20%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Barak. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 582 military records available for the last name Barak. For the veterans among your Barak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Barak lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Barak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Barak in 1963 was 56, and 74 in 2004.

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