Kozak Family History

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Kozak Name Meaning

Ukrainian, Polish, Sorbian, Czech, Slovak (Kozák), and Hungarian (Kozák): ethnic name for a Cossack, a member of a people descended from a group of runaway serfs who set up a semi-independent military republic in Ukraine in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Cossacks became noted for their military prowess. The word Cossack is of Turkic origin, but most European languages borrowed it from eastern Slavic (Russian, Ukrainian kazák, kozák). This term also came to be used as a nickname for a pert fellow, a devil-may-care blusterer. Polish and Czech (Kozák): metonymic occupational name for a goatherd, from a diminutive of Koza. Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from Yiddish kozak ‘warrior’, ‘brave man’ (a Ukrainian loanword), a derivative of 1.

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

Similar surnames: Koza, Kozar, Kozik, Bosak, Kozel, Kosa, Kosik, Kosek, Kobak, Kosak

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Kozak Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kozak. 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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Kozak Family Origin

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Kozak Family Occupations

What did your Kozak ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Tailor, At Home and Cigar Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kozak. The most common Kozak occupation in the USA was Tailor. 22% of Kozak's were Tailors. A less common occupation for the Kozak family was Cooper.

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  • Tailor

  • At Home

  • Cigar Maker

  • Cooper


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Kozak Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Kozak. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kozak 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Kozak. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Kozak. For the veterans among your Kozak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kozak Life Expectancy

What is the average Kozak lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kozak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Kozak in 1940 was 61, and 78 in 2004.

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