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Olek Family History

Olek Name Meaning

Polish: short form of the personal name Oleksander (see Alexander) or Oleksy (see Alexis).

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


Similar surnames: Oles, Bolek, Kolek, Polek, Elek, Wolek, Volek, Olen, Ales, Rolek

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Where is the Olek family from?

You can see how Olek families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Olek family name was found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 9 Olek families living in New Jersey. This was about 31% of all the recorded Olek's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Olek families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Olek surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Olek ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Olek. 31% of Olek men worked as a Farmer.

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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
    31%
  • Laborer
    24%
  • Grinder
    16%
  • Machinist
    16%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
    100%
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What Olek family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 688 census records available for the last name Olek. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Olek 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 288 immigration records available for the last name Olek. 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 237 military records available for the last name Olek. For the veterans among your Olek ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Olek lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Olek life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Olek in 1965 was 81, and 77 in 2004.

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