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Wolak Name Meaning

Polish: patronymic from a short form of Wolimir or some other personal name formed with woli-, a derivative of wolec ‘to want’ or of wola ‘will’.

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


Similar surnames: Wolan, Dolak, Woyak, Wolek, Kolak, Kolek, Solak, Bolek, Wolk, Polak

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Where is the Wolak family from?

You can see how Wolak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wolak family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1911 and 1920. The most Wolak families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 22 Wolak families living in New York. This was about 14% of all the recorded Wolak's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Wolak families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wolak surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wolak ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wolak. 25% of Wolak men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Wolak women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wolak were Farm Laborer and Sales Lady.

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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
    25%
  • New Worker
    8%
  • Machinist
    7%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    12%
  • New Worker
    10%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Sales Lady
    8%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Wolak. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wolak 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Wolak. 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 929 military records available for the last name Wolak. For the veterans among your Wolak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wolak lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Wolak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Wolak in 1950 was 50, and 76 in 2004.

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