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Buck Name Meaning

English: nickname for a man with some fancied resemblance to a he-goat (Old English bucc(a)) or a male deer (Old English bucc). Old English Bucc(a) is found as a personal name, as is Old Norse Bukkr. Names such as Walter le Buk (Somerset 1243) are clearly nicknames. English: topographic name for someone who lived near a prominent beech tree, such as Peter atte Buk (Suffolk 1327), from Middle English buk ‘beech’ (from Old English boc). German: from a personal name, a short form of Burckhard (see Burkhart). North German and Danish: nickname for a fat man, from Middle Low German buk ‘belly’. Compare Bauch. German: variant of Bock. German: variant of Puck in the sense ‘defiant’, ‘spiteful’, or ‘stubborn’. German: topographic name from a field name, Buck ‘hill’.

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


Similar surnames: Beck, Back, Duck, Bick, Puck, Buch, Bock, Huck, Rock, Bruck

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Where is the Buck family from?

You can see how Buck families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Buck family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Buck families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 229 Buck families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Buck's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Buck families in 1840.
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What did your Buck ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Buck. 15% of Buck men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Buck women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Buck were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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
    15%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Buck. 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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There are 65,000 military records available for the last name Buck. For the veterans among your Buck ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Buck lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Buck life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Buck in 1940 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

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