Novak

Novak
Portable transistor radio (1964)[1]

Novák, Novak or Nowak is a surname in a number of Slavic languages, and one of the most popular surnames in many Slavic countries, namely the Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia,[2] Poland and Russia.

The name is derived from the Slavic word for "new" (e.g. Czech: nový), meaning something similar to "new man", "newcomer" or "stranger" in English. The name was often given to someone who came to a new city, or a convert to Christianity.

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Spelling

It is usually spelled:

It is pronounced almost the same way: the main difference is that in Slovene, the stress is usually on the last syllable, while in all other cases it is on the first one.

Many Americans of the surname Nowak have had it Anglicized to Novak.

In the Austrian capital of Vienna, where large Czech communities settled down at the end of 19th century, Novák was Germanized to Nowak because in German the "w" is pronounced as a "v".

Country specifics

There are two noble Nowak lines of Polish origin:

  • Bohemian barones from 1660,in Silesia from 15th c., (Anatol Nowak, archbishop of Wrocław, died in 1456).
  • in Masovia known from 1750, Antoni and Józef Nowak - Lt Generals of Polish Army in Napoleon's Campaign; Aleksander Nowak - Lt Gen in Polish-Russian War of 1831

In Poland, it is spelled Nowak. It is the most common surname and 203,506 people carry it. The archaic feminine version of the Polish version is Nowakowa and its plural Nowakowie. In that country, Nowakowski, Nowacki, and Nowakiewicz developed as well.

"Nowak" as a surname in Voivodeships (administrative units in Poland):

In Croatia, Novak is the fifth most common surname (11,396 people).

In Serbia and Montenegro, there are people that have the first name Novak. Novaković and Novakov also developed in Serbia.

Novák is the most common surname in the Czech republic.

Novak is the most common surname in Slovenia, too, with more than 11,000 sharing it. There are however significant variations between regions: it's very common in central Slovenia (in the regions around Ljubljana and Celje), as well as in parts of southern Slovenia and eastern Slovenia (Lower Carniola, Prekmurje). It's much less common in northern and western Slovenia; in the Goriška region on the border with Italy, it is quite rare. The rank of the surname Novak in the Slovenian statistical regions:

People

Surnamed Novak

  • Arne Novák (1880–1939), Czech literary historian and critic
  • B. J. Novak (born 1979), American writer, comedian and actor known for The Office
  • Brandon Novak (born 1978), American skateboarder
  • David Novak (born 1941), American scholar of Jewish philosophy, law and ethics
  • David C. Novak, American business executive
  • Džoni Novak (born 1969), Slovenian former footballer
  • Éva Novák-Gerard (1930–2005), Hungarian swimmer
  • Ferenc Novák (born 1969), Hungarian canoer and Olympic champion
  • Filip Novák (born 1982), Czech professional ice hockey defenceman
  • Gabi Novak (born 1936), Croatian pop singer
  • Grga Novak (1888–1978), Croatian historian, archaeologist and geographer
  • Grigory Novak (1919–1980), Soviet Olympic weightlifter
  • Harry Novak, American producer of exploitation films
  • Ilona Novák (born 1925), Hungarian swimmer and Olympic champion
  • Jan Novák (1921–1984), Czech composer
  • Jan Novák (ice hockey) (born 1979), Czech professional ice hockey player
  • Ján Novák (footballer born 1985), Slovak footballer
  • Jane Novak (1896–1990), actress in silent films
  • Jason Novak, American musician and producer
  • Jim Novak, American comic book letterer
  • Jiří Novák (born 1975), Czech former tennis player
  • Joe Novak (born 1945), retired college football coach
  • John Novak (born 1955), actor
  • Joseph D. Novak (born 1932), American educator
  • Kate Novak, American fantasy writer
  • Kayvan Novak (born 1978), British-Iranian actor
  • Kevin Novak (born 1982), American soccer player
  • Kim Novak (born 1933), American actress
  • Ladislav Novák (born 1931), Czech football player and manager
  • Laila Novak (born 1942), Swedish model and actress
  • Ljudmila Novak (born 1959), Slovenian politician and Member of the European Parliament
  • Mel Novak, American actor
  • Michael Novak (born 1933), conservative American Roman Catholic philosopher and diplomat
  • Mike Novak (1915–1978), American National Basketball League player
  • Mirjam Novak (born 1981) German actress and screenwriter
  • Nick Novak (born 1981), National Football League placekicker
  • Petr Novák (1945–1997), Czech rock musician
  • Robert Novak (1931–2009), American journalist and conservative political commentator
  • Slobodan Novak (born 1924), Croatian writer
  • Starina Novak (~1530–1601), Serbian soldier and hero
  • Steve Novak (born 1983), basketball player
  • Tom Novak, marketing professor
  • Vilmos Aba-Novák (1894–1941), Hungarian painter and graphic artist
  • Vítězslav Novák (1870–1949), Czech composer
  • Viveca Novak, American journalist
  • Vjenceslav Novak (1859–1903), Croatian writer
  • Vladimir Novak (disambiguation), multiple people

Surnamed Nowak

  • Andrzej Nowak (disambiguation), several persons of that name
  • Dariusz Nowak-Nova (born 1962), Polish artist
  • Henry J. Nowak (born 1935), Member of United States House of Representatives (1975–1993)
  • Jan Nowak-Jeziorański (1913–2005) - Polish journalist and WWII hero
  • Julian Ignacy Nowak (1865–1946) - Polish physician, veterinarian, bacteriologist, and politician
  • Kazimierz Nowak (1897–1937), Polish traveler
  • Leopold Nowak (1904–1991), Austrian musicologist
  • Lisa Nowak, (born 1963), American astronaut
  • Mark Nowak, (born 1964), American poet and writer
  • Manfred Nowak (born 1950), the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture
  • Martin Nowak, Austrian mathematical biologist
  • Piotr Nowak (b. 1964), Polish footballer and manager
  • Zenon Nowak (1905–1980), Polish trade union activist and politician

Personal name Novak

Fictional characters

  • Casey Novak, in Law & Order: SVU
  • Jimmy Novak, the human vessel of Castiel, an angel of the Lord, from the television series Supernatural, and Jimmy's wife Amelia and daughter Claire
  • Lindsey Novak, recurring character in the Stargate Atlantis television series
  • Pat Novak, character played by Jack Webb in the old-time radio program Pat Novak for Hire
  • Vera Louise Gorman-Novak, in the television series Alice
  • Tom Nowak, character of the movie "Test pilota Pirxa".

Brand name

References

  1. ^ Fed with four LR12 (4,5 volts) batteries.
  2. ^ "Database of first names and family names". Demography and Social Studies. Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia. 1 January 2010. Archived from the original on 13 November 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20101113165649/http://www.stat.si/eng/imena_top_priimki.asp. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 

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См. также в других словарях:

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  • Novak — Novak,   1) [ noːvak], Helga Maria, Schriftstellerin, * Berlin 8. 9. 1935; studierte in Leipzig; lebte 1961 65 in Island; wohnt seit 1967 in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland; schreibt engagierte, oft sozialkritische Lyrik und Prosa (Roman »Die… …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • nòvāk — m (novàkinja ž) 〈G nováka, N mn nováci〉 1. {{001f}}novi vojnik, tek uzet u vojsku; regrut 2. {{001f}}novi učenik, član kakve zajednice i sl. 3. {{001f}}status početnika u znanstvenom radu; asistent …   Veliki rječnik hrvatskoga jezika

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  • Novak — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom.  Pour l’article homophone, voir Nowak. Sommaire 1 Patrony …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Novak — This surname is of Slavonic origin, and is recorded in throughout Eastern Europe. There are over forty variations of the spelling although all derive from the base form of Novak , itself a nickname generally given to a newcomer to a place, in… …   Surnames reference


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