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

This name is derived from Zacharias, the name of an Old Testament Prophet, as well as the father of John the Baptist in the New Testament.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Zach, Zack, Zak, Zech, Zeck, Zek, Zaech, Zaeck and many more.

First found in Austria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Zach became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zak research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1765, 1801, 1649 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Zak History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Zak Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Agata Zak, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Turbia, Galacia, in 1907
  • Alexander Zak, aged 3, who landed in America from Marzchoova, Russia, in 1907
  • Amiela Zak, aged 17, who landed in America from Kamien, Austria, in 1909
  • Alois Zak, aged 23, who settled in America from Psibram, Austria, in 1911
  • Aniela Zak, aged 16, who settled in America from Suslov, Russia, in 1911


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  • John C. Zak (b. 1954), American director, producer and film maker
  • Paul J. Zak (b. 1962), American economist known as a proponent of neuroeconomics
  • M. J. Zak, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1952
  • Frank J. Zak, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County 7th District; Elected 1926
  • Albert J. Zak (1909-1975), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 3rd District, 1945-46, 1951-52; Mayor of Hamtramck, Michigan, 1952-63, 1974-75
  • Gershon Zak (1913-1989), Ukraine-born, head of the Sea service which became the Israeli Navy
  • Fyodor L. Zak (b. 1949), Russian mathematician
  • Yakov Izrailevich Zak (1913-1976), Soviet pianist


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  6. 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).
  7. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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The Zak Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zak 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 15 January 2016 at 14:28.

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