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Block Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from Middle High German bloch Middle Dutch bloc ‘block (of wood)’ in any of several senses for example a topographic sense denoting a fenced field a nickname for a large lumpish man or a metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker or a milliner. English (mainly Suffolk): descriptive nickname from Middle English blok bloke usually meaning either ‘pale wan pallid’ (Old English blāc) but perhaps sometimes ‘black’ (of hair or appearance). The name could be interchangeable with the equally ambiguous Black and Blake . Alternatively it may be an nickname derived from Middle English blok(ke) bloke ‘block (of wood)’ perhaps for someone thought to be stupid or someone who made or used wooden blocks. Compare Blocker and 1 above. Americanized form of Jewish (Ashkenazic) Bloch .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Lock, Brock, Blick, Bloch, Black, Klock, Bock, Plock, Flock, Stock

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Where is the Block family from?

You can see how Block families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Block family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Block families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 10 Block families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 26% of all the recorded Block's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Block families in 1840.
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What did your Block ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Block. 12% of Block men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Block women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Block were Manager and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 32,000 immigration records available for the last name Block. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Block. For the veterans among your Block ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Block lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Block life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Block in 1943 was 47, and 78 in 2004.

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