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Surname meaning for "York"
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.