Nowak Family History
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