Show ContentsDvorak History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Dvorak is derived from the Czech word "dvur," meaning "manor" or "court," and falls into one of the Czech names that shows the social status of the name bearer. Essentially the name means "a farmer having his free farm," which showed due regard for the fact that he was a land-owner, rather than a surf. Moreover, in Moravia, the name denoted a freeholder, subject only to the king. Moravia is in the Northern part of today's Czech Republic. There are also a number of Eastern European place names beginning with Dvor, such as Dvorsky.

Early Origins of the Dvorak family

The surname Dvorak was first found in Bohemia and Moravia. By far the most well-known bearer of this surname must be Atonin Dvorak (1841-1904) the Czech composer. He was a son of a Prague butcher and an organist and viola player, before 1877, when a committee which included Brahms as a member recognized Dvorak's talent, brought him to Vienna and sponsored his work. Perhaps his most famous work was "From the New World," his ninth symphony.

Dvorak Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dvorak, Dvoracek, Dworak,Dvorsky, Dvoeczak, Dvorczyk, Dvorecz and many more.

Early Notables of the Dvorak family (pre 1700)

Notable among the name Dvorak at this time we found František Dvorák, born Bruner, also known as Franz Dvorak or Franz Bruner (1862-1927) was a Czech painter. He was the son of a tailor named Václav Bruner. He later changed his name to "Dvorák." August Dvorak (1894-1975), was an American educational psychologist and professor...
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Dvorak Ranking

In the United States, the name Dvorak is the 5,674th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Dvorak migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dvorak Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Aloisie Dvorak, aged 4, who landed in America from Bohemia, in 1893
  • Alzbeta Dvorak, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Kralupy, in 1893
Dvorak Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anton Dvorak, who landed in New York, NY in 1905 [2]
  • Vaclav Dvorak, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1905 [2]
  • Wesley Dvorak, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1905 [2]
  • Edward Dvorak, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1906 [2]
  • Karel Dvorak, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1906 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Dvorak (post 1700) +

  • Vernon Francis Dvorak (1928-2022), American meteorologist who developed the Dvorak technique to analyze tropical cyclones from satellite imagery in 1973
  • Charles Dvorak (1878-1969), American Olympic gold medalist for pole vault at the 1904 Summer Games
  • August Dvorak (1894-1975), American psychologist
  • Ann Dvorak (1912-1979), American film actress
  • Jon Dvorak, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 4th District, 1998 [3]
  • John E. Dvorak, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention 5th District, 1969-70; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972, 1980 [3]
  • Joe Dvorak, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 28th District, 1951-52 [3]
  • F. J. Dvorak, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Illinois, 1896 [3]
  • Antonín Leopold Dvorak (1841-1904), Czech prolific composer of Romantic music, perhaps best known for his Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, better known as the New World Symphony which accompanied Neil Armstrong on his mission to the moon aboard Apollo 11
  • Radek Dvorak (b. 1977), Czech NHL ice hockey player
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USS Arizona
  • Mr. Alvin Albert Dvorak, American Boatswain's Mate Second Class from Minnesota, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [4]

Suggested Readings for the name Dvorak +

  • The Dvoraks of Minnetonka Township, Minnesota by Helen Mary Vavra.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from
  4. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook