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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

323,374 Historical Documents with Turk on Ancestry.com
77,989 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
14,121 Military Records
7,577 Immigration Records
56,924 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Turk Families

  • Number of Turk families
     98 - 193
     33 - 97
     1 - 32
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Turk families
     76 - 150
     26 - 75
     1 - 25
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Turk families
     10 - 17
     4 - 9
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Turk Family Origin

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Turk Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Turk

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Turk Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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