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Hayek is a surname, a variant spelling of the Czech name Hájek, which originally meant "a grove" and commonly occurs in Czech place names. It occurs among Polish Jews in a Polish spelling as Chajek. The family name Hayek, Hayeck or Haiek, Arabic: حايك ‎, variants of Howayek, is also found in Lebanon. The name means "weaver" in Arabic.

Notable people with the surname include:

Czech surname[edit]

  • Gustav von Hayek (1836–1911), Czech-born Austrian naturalist, father of botanist August von Hayek
    • August von Hayek (1871–1928), Austrian botanist, father of economist Friedrich Hayek
      • Friedrich A. Hayek (1899–1992), Austrian-British, Nobel laureate economist and political philosopher
  • Frank Forest (born Frank Hayek, 1896–1976), American singer and actor
  • Julie Hayek (born 1960), American beauty queen and actress
  • Peter Hayek (born 1957), retired American ice hockey player
  • Thaddaeus Hagecius ab Hayek (1525–1600), Czech physician and astronomer

Arabic surname[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Hájek, the original Czech form of the name