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Kolek Name Meaning

Polish and Czech: from a pet form of Polish Mikolaj or Czech Mikoláš, vernacular forms of the Greek personal name Nikolaos (see Nicholas). Polish (Kolek): nickname for a solitary person, from kolek ‘peg’.

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


Similar surnames: Kosek, Kolak, Bolek, Wolek, Kolis, Volek, Polek, Olek, Oles, Kober

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Where is the Kolek family from?

You can see how Kolek families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kolek family name was found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 14 Kolek families living in Illinois. This was about 25% of all the recorded Kolek's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Kolek families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kolek surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kolek ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kolek. 28% of Kolek men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Kolek women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kolek were Machinist and Housework.

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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

  • Farmer
    28%
  • Laborer
    25%
  • Truck Driver
    12%
  • Machinist
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Operator
    34%
  • Housekeeper
    34%
  • Housework
    34%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Kolek. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kolek 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 734 immigration records available for the last name Kolek. 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 558 military records available for the last name Kolek. For the veterans among your Kolek ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kolek lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Kolek life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Kolek in 1956 was 52, and 83 in 2004.

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