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Cernak Name Meaning

Czech (Cernák) and Slovak (Cernak): nickname from cierny ‘black’, ‘dark’.

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


Similar surnames: Cerna, Cernik, Cermak, Cerny, Cerne, Czerniak, Benak, Dornak, Cerney

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Where is the Cernak family from?

You can see how Cernak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cernak family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1891 and 1920. The most Cernak families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 5 Cernak families living in Illinois. This was about 15% of all the recorded Cernak's in the USA. Illinois and 2 other states had the highest population of Cernak families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cernak surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cernak ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cernak. 44% of Cernak men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Cernak women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cernak were Carpenter and File Clerk.

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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
    44%
  • Proprietor
    14%
  • Mechanic
    14%
  • Carpenter
    14%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    28%
  • Secretary
    19%
  • Waitress
    19%
  • File Clerk
    19%
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Census Records

There are 782 census records available for the last name Cernak. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cernak census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 479 immigration records available for the last name Cernak. 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 268 military records available for the last name Cernak. For the veterans among your Cernak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cernak lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Cernak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Cernak in 1959 was 44, and 74 in 2004.

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