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Polak Surname Meaning

Polish and Jewish (Ashkenazic); Czech Slovak and Hungarian (Polák Slovak also Poľák): ethnic name for someone from Poland (Polish Polak Slovak archaic and Czech Polák). In the case of the Ashkenazic name the reference is to a Jew from Poland. This surname is also found in Germany where it is also of Sorbian origin (see 3 below) and in the Netherlands. Compare Poliak Poljak and Polyak . Slovenian and Croatian: topographic name for someone who lived in open country derived from polje ‘field’ or a habitational name for someone from any of numerous places called Polje named with this word. It may also be e.g. an occupational name for a field guard (see Poljak ). Sorbian (also Pólak): topographic name derived from Lower Sorbian pólo Upper Sorbian polo ‘field’ (compare 2 above). In some cases also an ethnic name for a Pole (compare 1 above) from Lower Sorbian Pólak Upper Sorbian Polak. Possibly also an Americanized form of Croatian Serbian Slovenian and Slovak Poljak . Compare Polack and Pollak .

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


Similar surnames: Dolak, Polk, Polan, Pelak, Kolak, Polyak, Bosak, Pola, Poliak, Pilat

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Where is the Polak family from?

You can see how Polak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Polak family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Polak families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 22 Polak families living in Manitoba. This was about 88% of all the recorded Polak's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Polak families in 1911.
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What did your Polak ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Polak. 50% of Polak men worked as a Labourer. .

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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

  • Labourer
    50%
  • Farmer
    30%
  • Miner
    20%
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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Polak. 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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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Polak. For the veterans among your Polak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Polak lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Polak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Polak in 1953 was 42, and 71 in 2004.

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