Nowak Family History

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Nowak Name Meaning

Polish and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): nickname for a newcomer to a district or someone new to a profession or occupation, from a derivative of Polish nowy ‘new’. This is an extremely common Polish surname.

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

Similar surnames: Nowik, Novak, Kozak, Polak, Bosak, Dolak, Nosek, Kolak, Kobak, Kowal

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Nowak Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nowak name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Nowak. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Baltic States


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Nowak Family Origin

Where is the Nowak family from?

Nowak Family Occupations

What did your Nowak ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Nowak occupation in Canada was Farmer. 100% of Nowak's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Nowak ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Nowak Historical Records

What Nowak family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 49,000 census records available for the last name Nowak. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nowak census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Nowak. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 21,000 military records available for the last name Nowak. For the veterans among your Nowak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nowak Life Expectancy

What is the average Nowak lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Nowak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Nowak in 1940 was 51, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Nowak

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nowak ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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