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Polek Family History

Polek Name Meaning

Polish: from a pet form of the personal name Pol (see Pol 5).

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


Similar surnames: Kolek, Bolek, Wolek, Palek, Olek, Volek, Polk, Kolak, Kosek, Oles

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Where is the Polek family from?

You can see how Polek families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Polek family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Polek families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 8 Polek families living in Nebraska. This was about 89% of all the recorded Polek's in USA. Nebraska had the highest population of Polek families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Polek surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Polek ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Polek. 38% of Polek men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Polek women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Polek were Farmer and Seamstress. .

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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
    38%
  • Truck Driver
    13%
  • Miner
    9%
  • Farmer
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    50%
  • Seamstress
    50%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Polek. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Polek 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 481 immigration records available for the last name Polek. 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 398 military records available for the last name Polek. For the veterans among your Polek ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Polek lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Polek life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Polek in 1951 was 46, and 75 in 2004.

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