Žáček (pronounced: zah-chek) is a Czech surname.
The etymology is "little student" from a diminutive of :wikt:Žák. Polish (Żak), Czech (Žák), and Slovak (Žiak): nickname for a youthful or studious person, from Polish żak ‘student’, ‘schoolboy’. The original meaning of this word was ‘ novice’, ‘candidate for the priesthood’, and so in some cases it is perhaps a nickname for someone who had been destined for holy orders.
People with the surname Žáček, or Zacek or Začek include:
- Jakub Žáček, Czech film, television and stage actor
- Jiří Žáček, Czech poet
- Josef Žáček, Czech painter
- Pavel Žáček, Czech doctor of philosophy
- Dennis Začek, American stage director