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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : metonymic occupational name for a seller of tobacco, from German Tabak, Yiddish and Ukrainian tabik (all ultimately from Spanish tabaco, a word of Caribbean origin). Tobacco was introduced to Europe in the 16th century.
  • Turkish : occupational name for a tanner, Turkish tabak.
  • Dutch : occupational name for a butcher or hog breeder, from Middle Dutch tucbake, from tucken ‘to pull, push, or strike’ + bake ‘hog’.

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