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Palek Family History

Palek Name Meaning

Czech: from a pet form of the personal name Pavel or some other personal name beginning with Pa-.

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


Similar surnames: Malek, Pacek, Panek, Pasek, Halek, Valek, Salek, Balek, Walek, Polek

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Where is the Palek family from?

You can see how Palek families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Palek family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1911 and 1920. The most Palek families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 9 Palek families living in Illinois. This was about 21% of all the recorded Palek's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Palek families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Palek surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Palek ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Palek. 18% of Palek men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Palek women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Palek were Labor 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

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • New Worker
    11%
  • Labor
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    50%
  • Housework
    50%
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What Palek family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 878 census records available for the last name Palek. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Palek 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 267 immigration records available for the last name Palek. 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 311 military records available for the last name Palek. For the veterans among your Palek ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Palek lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Palek life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Palek in 1962 was 82, and 88 in 2004.

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