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

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Pak Family Origin

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Pak Family Occupations

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  • Coal Miner

    25%
  • Farmer

    25%
  • Laborer

    25%
  • Storekeeper

    25%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Pak family was Storekeeper. The most common Pak occupation in the USA was Coal Miner. 25% of Pak's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Farmer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pak.

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Between 1951 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Pak

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