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Wanek Name Meaning

Eastern German: from a borrowing of the Slavic personal name Vanek (see Vanek).

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

Similar surnames: Wank, Walek, Hanek, Waner, Janek, Wacek, Panek, Danek, Vanek, Wasik

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Where is the Wanek family from?

You can see how Wanek families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wanek family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Wanek families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 40 Wanek families living in Wisconsin. This was about 37% of all the recorded Wanek's in the USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Wanek families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wanek surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wanek ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wanek. 28% of Wanek men worked as a Farmer and 30% of Wanek women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wanek were Carpenter 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farming
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Wanek. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wanek 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 814 immigration records available for the last name Wanek. 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 Wanek. For the veterans among your Wanek ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wanek lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Wanek life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Wanek in 1958 was 46, and 84 in 2004.

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