York Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the city of York in northern England, or perhaps in some cases a regional name from the county of Yorkshire. The surname is now widespread throughout England. Originally, the city bore the British name Eburacum, which probably meant ‘yew-tree place’. This was altered by folk etymology into Old English Eoforwic (from the elements eofor ‘wild boar’ + wic ‘outlying settlement’). This name was taken over by Scandinavian settlers in the area, who altered it back to opacity in the form Iorvík and eventually Iork, in which form it finally settled by the 13th century. The surname has also been adopted by Jews as an Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.

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


Similar surnames: Work, Turk, Look, Rock, Bork, Yurk, Dock, Nord, Corn, Mork

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York Family Origin

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York Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    7%
  • Coal Miner

    4%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Farmer

    3%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the York family was Farmer. Agricultural Labourer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by York. The most common York occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of York's were Agricultural Labourers.

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Between 1940 and 2004, York life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for York in 1940 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for York

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