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Czech Name Meaning

Polish: ethnic name meaning ‘Czech’. Probably also an English translation of the German cognate Zech or Czech and Slovak Cech (see Cech).

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

Similar surnames: Cech, Check, Mech, Lech, Stech, Zach, Pech, Checo, Zech, Coach

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Where is the Czech family from?

You can see how Czech families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Czech family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Czech families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 20 Czech families living in Illinois. This was about 51% of all the recorded Czech's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Czech families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Czech surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Czech ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Czech. 20% of Czech men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Czech women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Czech were Machinist and Laborer. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • New Worker
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Bookkeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Laborer
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What Czech family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Czech. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Czech 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Czech. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Czech. For the veterans among your Czech ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Czech lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Czech life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Czech in 1954 was 39, and 80 in 2004.

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