Balk Family History

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Balk Name Meaning

German: from a short form of a Slavic equivalent of the personal name Valentinus. Dutch: from balk ‘timber’, ‘beam’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a carpenter or a nickname for a big man.

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

Similar surnames: Bank, Balke, Ball, Falk, Bald, Back, Kalk, Walk, Balik, Bark

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Balk Family Origin

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Balk Family Occupations

What did your Balk ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Balk. 4% of Balk men worked as a Bricklayer and 57% of Balk women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Balk were Bricklayer Retort Sett and Dinning Room Assistant

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Bricklayer
  • Bricklayer Heavy Worker
  • Bricklayer Retired
  • Bricklayer Retort Sett

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • At School
  • Daily Housewor
  • Dinning Room Assistant

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

Balk Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Balk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Balk census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Balk. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Balk. For the veterans among your Balk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Balk Life Expectancy

What is the average Balk lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Balk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Balk in 1951 was 42, and 84 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Balk ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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