Polak Family History

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Polak Name Meaning

Polish, Czech (Polák), and Jewish (Ashkenazic): ethnic name for someone from Poland. In the case of the Ashkenazic name, the reference is to a Jew from Poland. The name of the country (Polish Polska) derives from a Slavic element pole ‘open country’, ‘cleared land’. This surname is found throughout central and eastern Europe.

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

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

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Polak Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Polak name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Polak. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Baltic States


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Polak Family Origin

Where is the Polak family from?

Polak Family Occupations

What did your Polak ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Polak family was Cigar Maker. The most common Polak occupation in the UK was Artist. 7% of Polak's were Artists. Artist, Boot Finisher and Carver & Guilder were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Polak.

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  • Artist

  • Boot Finisher

  • Carver & Guilder

  • Cigar Maker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Polak ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Polak Historical Records

What Polak family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Polak. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Polak 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Polak. 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 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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Polak Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Polak

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Polak ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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