The surname Radek is a local
surname; it is derived from the place name Radeck, a castle in Oppel, in Silesia
. While it is generally regarded that the name was from this area, the first record of the name was in Switzerland
. The derivation from the place name Radeck makes this a habitation surname; that is, a surname based upon an already existing place name. The other type of local name is topographic names, based upon a physical feature of the local geography, such as a forest, or a river, and so on.
Early Origins of the Radek family
The surname Radek was first found in Switzerland
, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal
System and the nation. Chronicles first mention Heinrich von Radekke of Upper- Austria
in 1256, and Hans Radecker of Eger in Bohemia around 1395.
Early History of the Radek family
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Radek Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Radecke, Radek, Radeke, Radeck, Radecki, Radacke, Radake, Radacker, Radecker and many more.
Early Notables of the Radek family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Radek family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Friedricka Radeke, who immigrated to Texas in 1847. J. Radke settled in Texas in 1853 while Gottlieb Radke sailed to Boston with his family in 1898.
Contemporary Notables of the name Radek (post 1700)
- Karl Radek (1885-1939), born in Lemberg (now L'vov, Ukraine), and played a prominent role as a journalist in the Russian revolution