Show ContentsKozak History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Kozak has a number of possible origins. Firstly it may be a version of Kozlow, which is, in turn, derived from the Russian "kozyol," meaning goat. In this case, the name would have been an occupational name of a goat herder. Or, the name could have been a nickname for someone who was very stubborn. Secondly, it was a name for a Cossack. The Cossacks were a group of people descended from runaway serfs, this group established a semi-military state within the Ukraine in the 15th and 16th centuries. Finally, this may have been a Jewish nickname for someone who was considered ruthless.

Early Origins of the Kozak family

The surname Kozak was first found in Poland.

Early History of the Kozak family

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Kozak Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Khozak, Kosek, Kossak, Khozak, Kozick, Kozak, Kozik, Kozakiewicz, Koziarz, Koziarski and many more.

Kozak Ranking

In the United States, the name Kozak is the 4,555th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

Canada Kozak migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kozak Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ivan Kozak, who landed in Manitoba in 1897
  • Katharina Kozak, who landed in Canada in 1897
  • Dmytro Kozak, who arrived in Canada in 1898
  • Anna Kozak, who landed in Quebec in 1899
  • John Kozak, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1899

Contemporary Notables of the name Kozak (post 1700) +

  • Heidi Kozak (b. 1963), American actress
  • Harley Jane Kozak (b. 1957), American actress and author
  • Scott Allen Kozak (b. 1965), former American football linebacker
  • Warren Kozak (b. 1951), American writer, journalist, and a former contributor to National Public Radio and the New York Sun
  • Ashley Kozak (1930-2008), American jazz bassist, record producer and artists' manager
  • Mitchell Kozak, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 19th District, 1974 [2]
  • Michael G. Kozak (b. 1946), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, 1991; Belarus, 2000 [2]
  • Joseph A. Kozak, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1942 [2]
  • James E. Kozak, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 76th District, 1998 [2]
  • Henry Raymond Kozak (1917-2001), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 3rd District, 1945-50; Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 14th District, 1960 [2]
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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