Block Family History

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Block Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from Middle High German bloch, Middle Dutch blok ‘block of wood’, ‘stocks’. The surname probably originated as a nickname for a large, lumpish man, or perhaps as a nickname for a persistent lawbreaker who found himself often in the stocks. English: possibly a metonymic occupational name for someone who blocks, as in shoemaking and bookbinding, from Middle English blok ‘block’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): Americanized spelling of Bloch (see Vlach).

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

Similar surnames: Lock, Brock, Blick, Bloch, Black, Klock, Bock, Plock, Flock, Stock

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Block Family Origin

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Block Family Occupations

What did your Block ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Block family was Bricklayer. Agricultural Labourer, Tailor and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Block. The most common Block occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Block's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Tailor

  • Labourer

  • Bricklayer


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Block Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 150,000 census records available for the last name Block. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Block 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 32,000 immigration records available for the last name Block. 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 30,000 military records available for the last name Block. For the veterans among your Block ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Block Life Expectancy

What is the average Block lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Block life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Block in 1943 was 47, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Block 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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