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Pelak Family History

Pelak Name Meaning

Polish (also Pielak): occupational name for an undergardener, someone who weeded the grounds of a great house, from a dialect derivative of Polish pielic ‘weed’. Compare Piela.

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


Similar surnames: Polak, Piela, Dolak, Zelek, Pelan, Kolak, Petak, Peak, Plack, Salak

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Where is the Pelak family from?

You can see how Pelak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pelak family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Pelak families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there was 1 Pelak family living in Missouri. This was 100% of all the recorded Pelak's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Pelak families in 1880.
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What did your Pelak ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Spiner were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pelak. 43% of Pelak men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Pelak women worked as a Spiner. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pelak were Molder and New Worker.

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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
    43%
  • Miner
    16%
  • Polisher
    12%
  • Molder
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Spiner
    50%
  • New Worker
    50%
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Census Records

There are 728 census records available for the last name Pelak. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pelak 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 380 immigration records available for the last name Pelak. 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 223 military records available for the last name Pelak. For the veterans among your Pelak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pelak lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Pelak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Pelak in 1953 was 46, and 77 in 2004.

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