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Polka Name Meaning

German (of Slavic origin): variant of Polk 2 and 3. Czech, Slovak, and Polish: variant (feminine form) of Polak. Perhaps also a derivative of polka, name of a lively dance that originated as a Polish folk dance. Polish: from a derivative of the female personal name Apolonia.

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


Similar surnames: Polk, Pelka, Pola, Belka, Opolka, Kolka, Polt, Polak, Posa, Kulka

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Where is the Polka family from?

You can see how Polka families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Polka family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Polka families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Polka family living in Vermont. This was 100% of all the recorded Polka's in the USA. Vermont had the highest population of Polka families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Polka surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Polka ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and House Work were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Polka. 36% of Polka men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Polka women worked as a House Work. Some less common occupations for Americans named Polka were Clerk and Saleslady.

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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
    36%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • House Work
    20%
  • Inspector
    14%
  • Maid
    14%
  • Saleslady
    14%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Polka. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Polka 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 585 immigration records available for the last name Polka. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Polka. For the veterans among your Polka ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Polka lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Polka life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Polka in 1949 was 47, and 84 in 2004.

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