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Opalka Name Meaning

Polish and Jewish (from Poland) (Opałka); Czech and Slovak (Opálka); Rusyn (in Slovakia also Opálka in Poland mainly Opałka): metonymic occupational name for a basket maker from Polish opałka Czech and Slovak opálka Rusyn (Ukrainian) opalka ‘woven basket’. Polish (Opałka): possibly also a derivative of opalić ‘to burn or singe’ or ‘to get sunburnt’ hence a nickname for a sunburnt individual.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Opolka, Pala, Palla, Melka, Spilka, Palka, Kalka, Opal, Skalka, Galka

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Where is the Opalka family from?

You can see how Opalka families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Opalka family name was found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 14 Opalka families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 27% of all the recorded Opalka's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Opalka families in 1920.
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What did your Opalka ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Setter were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Opalka. 38% of Opalka men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Opalka women worked as a Setter. Some less common occupations for Americans named Opalka were Labor and Housework. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    38%
  • Farmer
    25%
  • Truck Driver
    12%
  • Labor
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Setter
    17%
  • Presser
    17%
  • Seamstress
    12%
  • Housework
    12%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Opalka. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Opalka census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 633 immigration records available for the last name Opalka. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 329 military records available for the last name Opalka. For the veterans among your Opalka ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Opalka lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Opalka life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Opalka in 1960 was 52, and 85 in 2004.

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