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Where did the German Sedlak family come from? What is the German Sedlak family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sedlak family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sedlak family history?

The distinguished surname Sedlak is derived from the Czech word "sedlak," meaning "farmer." It is likely that this name was introduced into Germany by the Slav-speaking population known as the Wends or the Sorbs, who lived in the regions of Silesia, Bohemia, and Prussia.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Sedlaczek, Sedlacek, Sedlak, Sedlaczeck and many more.

First found in Bohemia, where it is likely that the name first emerged. It was probably initially borne by a peasant or farmer living in this region. The young Sedlak family was instrumental during this early period, contributing greatly to the development of medieval Bohemian society.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sedlak research. Another 192 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1789, 1793, 1818, 1845, 1853, and 1881 are included under the topic Early Sedlak History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sedlak Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sedlak Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Matej Sedlak, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Vojtech Sedlak, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • John Sedlak, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Sedlak Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Josep Sedlak, who landed in Alabama in 1925


  • Borek Sedlak (b. 1981), Czech ski jumper
  • Wlodzimierz Sedlak (1911-1993), Polish priest, professor at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
  • Pavol Sedlak (b. 1979), Slovak footballer
  • Anthony L. Sedlak, Canadian chef


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  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  9. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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The Sedlak Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sedlak Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 5 March 2014 at 10:25.

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