Polk Name Meaning

Scottish: reduced form of Pollock. German (of Slavic origin): from an altered pet form of the Slavic personal name Boleslav, composed of the elements bole ‘great’, ‘large’ + slav ‘glory’. This name was a favorite during the Middle Ages among the gentry class in Silesia. German: ethnic name for a Pole (see Polak).

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


Similar surnames: Pol, Volk, Polt, Polka, Poll, Polak, Palm, Polek, Olk, Sock

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Polk Family Origin

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Polk Family Occupations

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  • (Dom) Gardener & Insurance Agent

    25%
  • Engine Driver (Saw Mill)

    25%
  • Farmer

    25%
  • Porter Hop Trade

    25%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Polk family was Porter Hop Trade. (Dom) Gardener & Insurance Agent, Engine Driver (Saw Mill) and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Polk. The most common Polk occupation in the UK was (Dom) Gardener & Insurance Agent. 25% of Polk's were (Dom) Gardener & Insurance Agents.

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Polk Historical Records

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Polk Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1941 and 2004, Polk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Polk in 1941 was 44, and 71 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Polk

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