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Novak Surname Meaning

Czech Slovak Rusyn (from Slovakia) and Hungarian (Novák); Slovenian Croatian Serbian Ukrainian Rusyn and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): derivative of Czech and Slovak nový Slovenian Croatian and Serbian nov Ukrainian and Rusyn novy ‘new’ denoting a newcomer to a place and as a Slovenian surname also e.g. a peasant who settled on newly cleared land. This is the most frequent surname in Czechia and in Slovenia and the sixth most frequent surname in Croatia. Compare Novack Nowak 2 and Newman

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

Similar surnames: Nowak, Polak, Hodak, Nova, Bosak, Dolak, Noah, Kosak, Kolak, Novik

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Where is the Novak family from?

You can see how Novak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Novak family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Novak families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 12 Novak families living in London. This was about 67% of all the recorded Novak's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Novak families in 1891.
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What did your Novak ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Waiter and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Novak. 50% of Novak men worked as a Waiter and 70% of Novak women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Novak were General Labourer and Cook. .

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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 1939

  • Waiter
  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Cook
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Novak. 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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There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Novak. For the veterans among your Novak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Novak lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Novak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Novak in 1942 was 31, and 78 in 2004.

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