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Look Surname Meaning

English (Somerset): variant of Luke . German: variant of Loock . Flemish and Dutch (mainly Van Look): topographic name from look ‘enclosure’ or a habitational name for someone from a place called with this word. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 陸 see Lu 5.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hook, Lock, Rock, Rook, Loo, Cook, Zook, Low, Loos, Louk

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Where is the Look family from?

You can see how Look families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Look family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Look families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 83 Look families living in London. This was about 25% of all the recorded Look's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Look families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Look surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Look ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Dairy Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Look. 50% of Look men worked as a Dairy Farmer and 74% of Look women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Look were Milker General Farm Worker and Unpaid Household Duties. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Dairy Farmer
  • Aircraft Inspector
  • Milker General Farm Worker

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Servant
  • Retired
  • Unpaid Household Duties
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Census Records

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Look. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Look census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Look. 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 Cards

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Look. For the veterans among your Look ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Look lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Look life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Look in 1942 was 45, and 67 in 2004.

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