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Turk Name Meaning

English (mainly Gloucestershire) and Dutch; German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) (also Türk): from Middle English Old French turc Middle High and Low German Turc ‘Turk’ all ultimately from Turkish Türk. In theory this could be an ethnic name but both in England and northwest Europe it is generally a nickname for a man with black hair and a swarthy complexion or a cruel rowdy or unruly man. The English surname may also be from a medieval personal name a back-formation from Turkel misanalyzed as containing the Old French diminutive suffix -el. The Dutch and German surname also represents a topographic or habitational name referring to a house name derived from the use of a picture of a Turk as a house sign. It is also found as a nickname for someone who had taken part in the wars against the Turks. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). Compare Turck and Tuerk . Slovenian (also Türk) and Croatian: nickname for a refugee from the Turks in the 15th and 16th centuries or e.g. for someone who behaved or looked like a Turk from an old vernacular spelling of the Slovenian and dialectal Croatian ethnic name Turek ‘Turk’. Refugees were not ethnic Turks but Croats and Serbs from ‘Turkey’ i.e. the Ottoman Empire which included whole Bosnia and parts of Croatia. The Slovenian surname may in some cases also be a nickname from any of various plants named tur(e)k. Compare Turck Turek and Tuerk . Turkish (Türk): ethnic or ornamental name from Türk ‘Turk’. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): habitational from one of places in Eastern Europe called Turki or Turka. Americanized form of Greek Tourkos an ethnic name meaning ‘Turk’. See also Turco . Scottish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Tuirc a patronymic from the byname Torc ‘boar’.

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


Similar surnames: Turek, Turck, Turco, Durk, Turi, Huck, Turo, Tuck, Tur, Burk

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You can see how Turk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Turk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Turk families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 150 Turk families living in Kent. This was about 19% of all the recorded Turk's in United Kingdom. Kent had the highest population of Turk families in 1891.
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What did your Turk ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Turk. 14% of Turk men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Turk women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Turk were Bricklayer and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • General Labourer
    14%
  • Gardener
    8%
  • Dairy Farmer
    6%
  • Bricklayer
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    74%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Unpaid Household Duties
    2%
  • Housekeeper
    2%
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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Turk. 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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There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Turk. For the veterans among your Turk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Turk lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Turk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Turk in 1942 was 27, and 79 in 2004.

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