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Polak Name Meaning

Polish, Czech (Polák), and Jewish (Ashkenazic): ethnic name for someone from Poland. In the case of the Ashkenazic name, the reference is to a Jew from Poland. The name of the country (Polish Polska) derives from a Slavic element pole ‘open country’, ‘cleared land’. This surname is found throughout central and eastern Europe.

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


Similar surnames: Dolak, Polk, Polan, Pelak, Kolak, Polyak, Bosak, Pola, Poliak, Pilat

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Where is the Polak family from?

You can see how Polak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Polak family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Polak families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 40 Polak families living in New York. This was about 32% of all the recorded Polak's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Polak families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Polak surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Polak ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Polak. 24% of Polak men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Polak women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Polak were Truck Driver 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
    24%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • New Worker
    6%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Polak. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Polak 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Polak. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Polak. For the veterans among your Polak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Polak lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Polak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Polak in 1953 was 42, and 71 in 2004.

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