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Boak Name Meaning

Scottish: perhaps a habitational name from Boak in the parish of Kirkcolm, or a topographic name from the dialect word boak ‘ridge (as a boundary)’.

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

Similar surnames: Oak, Boan, Bock, Bork, Look, Beck, Hoad, Hoar, Boat, Bean

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Where is the Boak family from?

You can see how Boak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boak family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boak families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 10 Boak families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 48% of all the recorded Boak's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Boak families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Boak surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Boak ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Boak. 26% of Boak men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Boak women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boak were Carpenter and Saleslady.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Boak. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Boak census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Boak. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Boak. For the veterans among your Boak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Boak lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Boak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Boak in 1956 was 52, and 74 in 2004.

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