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York Family History

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

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Name Distribution of York Families

  • Number of York families
     193 - 384
     65 - 192
     1 - 64
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of York families
     376 - 749
     126 - 375
     1 - 125
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of York families
     24 - 46
     9 - 23
     1 - 8
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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York Family Origin

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York Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for York

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York Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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