Nowak History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Nowak family

The surname Nowak was first found in East Prussia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status. They would eventually become Barons in Silesia with their main seat being at Fridland.

Early History of the Nowak family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nowak research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1771 and 1830 are included under the topic Early Nowak History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nowak Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Novak, Nowak, Novack, Nowack, Novek, Noveck, Novotny, Novy, Nowey, Nowy, Nowacki, Nowik, Naujock, Naucke, Novik, Nowik, Nowick, Novicki, Nowag, Nowakowski, Nowinski and many more.

Early Notables of the Nowak family (pre 1700)

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United States Nowak migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nowak Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Nowak, who arrived in Texas in 1854 [1]
  • Leon Nowak, who arrived in New York, NY in 1893 [1]
  • Catharina Nowak, aged 25, who landed in New York, NY in 1893 [1]
  • Emma Nowak, aged 22, who arrived in New York, NY in 1893 [1]
  • Ignatz Nowak, aged 4, who landed in New York, NY in 1893 [1]
Nowak Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Marie Nowak, aged 27, who landed in Chile in 1902 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nowak (post 1700) +

  • Martin A. Nowak, American director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University
  • Lisa Marie Nowak (b. 1963), former NASA astronaut with almost 13 days in space [2]
  • Peter Nowak, American league soccer player
  • Henry James Nowak (b. 1935), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from New York, 1975-93; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988 [3]
  • Harry J. Nowak, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964 [3]
  • George Nowak, American politician, Independent Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Milwaukee County 16th District, 1902 [3]
  • Francis J. Nowak (1915-1976), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1939-44 [3]
  • Evelyn M. Nowak (b. 1913), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1945-46; Defeated, 1946 [3]
  • Edward Nowak, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 7th District, 1961 [3]
  • Chester T. Nowak, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 9th District, 1961 [3]
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Franz Nowak (1922-1941), German Matrose II who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]
  • Ernst Nowak (1902-1941), German Sondf. Oberleutn. z. See who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Lisa Nowak. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Lisa Nowak. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_M._Nowak
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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