Wark Family History

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Wark Name Meaning

Scottish and English (Northumberland): habitational name from Wark on the Tweed river, which is named from Old English (ge)weorc ‘(earth)works’, ‘fortification’.

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

Similar surnames: Work, Ware, Mark, Park, Hark, Lark, Bark, Ward, Way, Sark

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Wark Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wark name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wark. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • France


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


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Wark Family Origin

Where is the Wark family from?

Wark Family Occupations

What did your Wark ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Wark family was Iron Wks Shingler. The most common Wark occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of Wark's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Carter and Coal Merchant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wark.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Carter

  • Coal Merchant

  • Iron Wks Shingler


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Wark ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Wark Historical Records

What Wark family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Wark. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wark 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Wark. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Wark. For the veterans among your Wark ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wark Life Expectancy

What is the average Wark lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Wark life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Wark in 1944 was 30, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wark

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wark ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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