This article needs additional citations for . verification (July 2007) Novák (feminine Nováková), Novak or Nowak is a surname in a number of Slavic languages, and one of the most popular surnames in many Slavic countries, namely the Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and [1 ] Poland.
The name is derived from the Slavic word for "new" (e.g.
Czech: ), meaning something similar to "new man", "newcomer" or "stranger" in English. The name was often given to someone who came to a new city, or a convert to Christianity. It was also used for newcomers into an army and as an occupational surname: people who used the slash-and-burn method to create new nový arable land - novina. [2 ] Spelling [edit ]
It is usually spelled:
It is pronounced almost the same way: the main difference is that in Slovene, the stress is usually on the last syllable, while in all other cases it is on the first one.
Many Americans of the surname Nowak have had it
Anglicized to Novak.
Austrian capital of Vienna, where large Czech communities settled down at the end of 19th century, Novák was Germanized to Nowak because in German the "w" is pronounced as the Czech "v". Country specifics [edit ]
There are two noble Nowak lines of Polish origin:
Bohemian barones from 1660, in Silesia from the 15th century, (Anatol Nowak, archbishop of Wrocław, died in 1456). In Masovia known from 1750, Antoni and Józef Nowak—Lt Generals of Polish Army in Napoleon's Campaign; Aleksander Nowak—Lt Gen in Polish-Russian War of 1831
In Poland, it is spelled Nowak and it is the
most common surname. (The most popular surnames in Poland in 2009). Retrieved on August 19, 2013. </ref> The archaic feminine version of the Polish version is Statystyka najpopularniejszych nazwisk występujących w Polsce in 2009 Nowakowa and its plural Nowakowie. In that country, Nowakowski, Nowacki, and Nowakiewicz developed as well.
"Nowak" as a surname in
Voivodeships (administrative units in Poland): Nowak is 1st in Greater Poland Voivodeship (35,011) Nowak is 1st in Silesian Voivodeship (31,838) Nowak is 1st in Lesser Poland Voivodeship (23,671) Nowak is 1st in Łódź Voivodeship (15,460) Nowak is 1st in Lower Silesian Voivodeship (13,217) Nowak is 1st in West Pomeranian Voivodeship (7,444) Nowak is 1st in Opole Voivodeship (5,538) Nowak is 1st in Lubusz Voivodeship (5,444) Nowak is 1st in Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship (5,538) Nowak is 2nd in Subcarpathian Voivodship (9,301)
Croatia, Novak is the sixth most common surname. [3 ]
Serbia and Montenegro, there are people that have the first name Novak. Novaković and Novakov also developed in Serbia.
Novák is the most common surname in the
Novak is the most common surname in
Slovenia, too, with more than 11,000 sharing it. There are however significant variations between regions: it's very common in central Slovenia (in the regions around Ljubljana and Celje), as well as in parts of southern Slovenia and eastern Slovenia ( Lower Carniola, Prekmurje). It's much less common in northern and western Slovenia; in the Goriška region on the border with Italy, it is quite rare. The rank of the surname Novak in the Slovenian statistical regions:
Germany Nowak is 159th (c. 31,000) and Noack is 270th (c. 22,000), together with different spellings c. 64,000, with some concentration in the Ruhr area, around Salzgitter and Lüchow-Dannenberg and as Noack in Lusatia. People [edit ] Surnamed Novak [edit ] Andriy Novak (born 1988), Ukrainian Soccer/Association Football player Arne Novák (1880–1939), Czech literary historian and critic B. J. Novak (born 1979), American writer, comedian and actor known for The Office Brandon Novak (born 1978), American skateboarder David Novak (born 1941), American scholar of Jewish philosophy, law and ethics David C. Novak, American business executive Džoni Novak (born 1969), Slovenian former footballer Éva Novák-Gerard (1930–2005), Hungarian swimmer Ferenc Novák (born 1969), Hungarian canoer and Olympic champion Filip Novák (born 1982), Czech professional ice hockey defenceman Franz Novak (1913–1983), Austrian SS-Hauptsturmführer Gabi Novak (born 1936), Croatian pop singer Grga Novak (1888–1978), Croatian historian, archaeologist and geographer Grigory Novak (1919–1980), Soviet Olympic weightlifter, Ukrainian SSR Harry Novak, American producer of exploitation films Ilona Novák (born 1925), Hungarian swimmer and Olympic champion Jan Novák (composer) (1921–1984), Czech composer Jan Novák (ice hockey) (born 1979), Czech professional ice hockey player Ján Novák (footballer), Slovak footballer Jane Novak (1896–1990), actress in silent films Jim Novak, American comic book letterer Jiří Novák (born 1975), Czech former tennis player Joe Novak (born 1945), retired college football coach John Novak (born 1955), actor Joseph D. Novak (born 1932), American educator Kate Novak, American fantasy writer Kayvan Novak (born 1978), British-Iranian actor Kevin Novak (born 1982), American soccer player Kim Novak (born 1933), American actress Ladislav Novák (born 1931), Czech football player and manager Laila Novak (born 1942), Swedish model and actress Ljudmila Novak (born 1959), Slovenian politician and Member of the European Parliament Mel Novak, American actor Michael Novak (born 1933), conservative American Roman Catholic philosopher and diplomat Mike Novak (1915–1978), American National Basketball League player Mirjam Novak (born 1981) German actress and screenwriter Nick Novak (born 1981), National Football League placekicker Petr Novák (1945–1997), Czech rock musician Robert Novak (1931–2009), American journalist and conservative political commentator Slobodan Novak (born 1924), Croatian writer Starina Novak (~1530–1601), Serbian soldier and hero Steve Novak (born 1983), basketball player Tom Novak, marketing professor Vilmos Aba-Novák (1894–1941), Hungarian painter and graphic artist Vítězslav Novák (1870–1949), Czech composer Viveca Novak, American journalist Vjenceslav Novak (1859–1903), Croatian writer Vladimir Novak (disambiguation), multiple people Surnamed Nováková [edit ] Surnamed Nowak [edit ] Amram Nowak, Academy Award-nominated director of Isaac in America: A Journey with Isaac Bashevis Singer Andrzej Nowak (disambiguation), several persons of that name Dariusz Nowak-Nova (born 1962), Polish artist Henry J. Nowak (born 1935), Member of United States House of Representatives (1975–1993) Jan Nowak-Jeziorański (1913–2005), Polish journalist and World War II hero Józef Nowak, Polish actor Julian Ignacy Nowak (1865–1946), Polish physician, veterinarian, bacteriologist, and politician Kazimierz Nowak (1897–1937), Polish traveler Leopold Nowak (1904–1991), Austrian musicologist Lisa Nowak, (born 1963), American astronaut Mark Nowak, (born 1964), American poet and writer Manfred Nowak (born 1950), the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Martin Nowak, Austrian mathematical biologist Piotr Nowak (born 1964), Polish footballer and manager Zenon Nowak (1905–1980), Polish trade union activist and politician Personal name Novak [edit ] Fictional characters [edit ] Casey Novak, in Law & Order: SVU Holland and Dewey Novak, characters in the television series Eureka Seven Jimmy Novak, the human vessel of Castiel, an angel of the Lord, from the television series , and Jimmy's wife Amelia and daughter Claire Supernatural John Novak, protagonist of the television show Mr. Novak Lindsey Novak, recurring character in the Stargate Atlantis television series Pat Novak, played by Jack Webb in the old-time radio program Pat Novak for Hire Vera Louise Gorman-Novak, in the television series Alice Tom Nowak, in the movie Test pilota Pirxa Zig Novak, character on television series Degrassi Tommy Nowak, in the movie (played by Clint Eastwood) Pink Cadillac References [edit ]