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Turk Name Meaning

English (mainly Gloucestershire), Dutch, and German (also Türk): from Middle English, Old French turc, Middle High and Low German Turc ‘Turk’, 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 person with black hair and a swarthy complexion or a cruel, rowdy, or unruly person. The Dutch and German surname also represents 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. English: from a medieval personal name, a back-formation from Turkel, misanalyzed as containing the Old French diminutive suffix -el. Scottish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Tuirc, a patronymic from the byname Torc ‘boar’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ethnic name denoting someone from Turkey or anywhere in the Ottoman Empire, or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a Turk. Americanized form of the Greek ethnic name Tourkos ‘Turk’. See also Turco.

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

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

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Turk Family Origin

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Turk Family Occupations

What did your Turk ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Turk occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 9% of Turk's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Turk family was Carpenter. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Laundress were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Turk.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Laundress

  • Carpenter


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Turk Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 59,000 census records available for the last name Turk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Turk 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 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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Draft Card

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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Turk Life Expectancy

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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