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Re: Pensak
Pensak looks a lot like Penzag which according to the dictionary Jewish Family Names and Their Origins is a variant of Penzig, the origin being the placename Penzig in Poland. The surname Pensak was also written Penzik in the same family as you can see at You'll also find the form Penzak at
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Oh, thank you!!! mNow I want to know what Penzig / Piensk means. :) It fits perfectly historically, because there was a migration from the Gorlitz, Germany area (near Penzig) to the Gorlice, Poland area (from where the immigrants to American came) during a major Jewish migration in the middle ages. This is the most promising etymology yet.

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