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Nowak Name Meaning

Polish Rusyn (from Poland) Sorbian and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): nickname for a newcomer to a place or someone new to a profession or occupation from a derivative of Polish and Sorbian nowy ‘new’. This surname is extremely common in Poland and also very frequent in Germany (see also 2 below). Germanized or Americanized form of Czech and Slovak Novák and Slovenian Croatian Serbian Ukrainian Rusyn and Jewish Novak both generally meaning ‘newcomer’. Compare Nowack .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Nowak family from?

You can see how Nowak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nowak family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Nowak families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 27 Nowak families living in Ontario. This was about 34% of all the recorded Nowak's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Nowak families in 1911.
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What did your Nowak ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Nowak. 75% of Nowak men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Miner
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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