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Milk Family History

Milk Surname Meaning

English (Norfolk): nickname from Middle English milk ‘milk’ (Old English meolc). There are many possible reasons for the use of such a nickname including milk-white hair the collecting or selling of milk and of course the drinking of milk – whether or not taken to indicate effeminacy or spiritlessness. Sorbian: from a pet form of a personal name such as Miłosław based on the Slavic element mil ‘gentle dear’ (from Old Slavic milъ). This surname is found mainly in Germanized forms such as Mielke and Milke . Probably also an Americanized form (translation into English) of German Milch ‘milk’. Perhaps also an American shortened form of a surname beginning with Milk- such as Polish Miłkowski (see Milkowski ).

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


Similar surnames: Milks, Silk, Mick, Mink, Mill, Wilk, Milke, Bick, Milko, Milz

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Where is the Milk family from?

You can see how Milk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Milk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Milk families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 69 Milk families living in Norfolk. This was about 83% of all the recorded Milk's in United Kingdom. Norfolk had the highest population of Milk families in 1891.
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What did your Milk ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Milk. 34% of Milk men worked as an Incapacitated and 70% of Milk women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Milk were Bricklayer and Private Means. .

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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

  • Incapacitated
    34%
  • Farmer
    34%
  • Bricklayer
    34%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    70%
  • Shop Asst
    7%
  • Retired
    7%
  • Private Means
    7%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Milk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Milk 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 688 immigration records available for the last name Milk. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Milk. For the veterans among your Milk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Milk lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Milk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Milk in 1960 was 31, and 70 in 2004.

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