Work Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the lands of Work in the parish of St. Ola, Orkney. English: from Old English (ge)weorc ‘work’, ‘fortification’, hence probably a topographic name or an occupational name for someone who worked on fortifications or at a fort. Danish: habitational name from a place so called.

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


Similar surnames: York, Wark, Worl, Mork, Rock, Look, Bork, Turk, Cork, Worm

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Work Family Origin

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Work Family Occupations

What did your Work ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Fisher & Crofter and Fisherman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Work. The most common Work occupation in the UK was Farmer. 22% of Work's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Work family was Joiner.

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  • Farmer

    22%
  • Fisher & Crofter

    3%
  • Fisherman

    3%
  • Joiner

    3%

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Work Historical Records

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Census records can give you a fascinating window into the day-to-day lives of your Work ancestors - like hours worked per week, level of education, veteran status, employers, and more.

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Work Life Expectancy

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Between 1950 and 2004, Work life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Work in 1950 was 43, and 69 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Work 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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