History of your Surname
Get access to Pak family records.Start a free trial

Pak Family History

Pak Name Meaning

Korean: there is only one Chinese character for this surname, which is the third most common in Korea, and can be found in every part of the peninsula. The Pak clans claim no founding ancestors from foreign lands. Although some sources indicate that there are 270 Pak clans, only 44 of these can be documented. All Pak clans spring from one common semi-mythological ancestor named Pak Hyokkose. Before the establishment of the Shilla Kingdom, the southern tip of the peninsula is said to have been ruled by six elders who led the six tribes which inhabited that part of the country. In answer to their prayer for a leader, Pak Hyokkose arrived at the foot of a distant mountain in 69 bc inside a golden gourd-shaped egg. When the egg was opened, Pak Hyokkose emerged and, after taking a wife (who was born on the back of a dragon), established and ruled the new Shilla kingdom. Supposedly, the surname Pak denoted either the gourd-shaped egg in which the youth was found or the light which is said to have radiated from the boy’s head (the word pak in Korean can mean ‘gourd’ or ‘to shine brightly’). Dutch: probably an occupational name for a rider or driver of pack animals (see Packman).

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


Similar surnames: Pan, Pae, Paek, Tak, Bak, Pack, Gan, Pal, Pai, Rak

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Pak family from?

You can see how Pak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pak family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Pak families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 21 Pak families living in California. This was about 70% of all the recorded Pak's in the USA. California had the highest population of Pak families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pak surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pak ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pak. 25% of Pak men worked as a Laborer.

View Census data for Pak | Data not to scale

*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
    25%
  • Farm Laborer
    13%
  • Machinist
    13%
  • Carpenter
    13%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    100%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Pak family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Pak. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pak census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Pak

Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Pak. 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.

View all Pak immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Pak. For the veterans among your Pak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Pak military records

You've only scratched the surface of Pak family history.

Discover More

What is the average Pak lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Pak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Pak in 1951 was 46, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Pak

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Pak family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial