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Clerk Family History

Clerk Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Clark. In some cases this may be an Americanized spelling of French Clerc or of the Dutch cognate Clerck, or of variants of these names.

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


Similar surnames: Cleek, Clark, Clerc, Clear, Cler, Check, Leak, Clee, Click, Ulery

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Where is the Clerk family from?

You can see how Clerk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clerk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clerk families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 16 Clerk families living in Vermont. This was about 53% of all the recorded Clerk's in the USA. Vermont had the highest population of Clerk families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Clerk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Clerk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Clerk. 26% of Clerk men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Clerk women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clerk were Farming and Clerk.

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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
    26%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%
  • Farming
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Cook
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Clerk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clerk 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Clerk. 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 Clerk. For the veterans among your Clerk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Clerk lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Clerk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Clerk in 1944 was 35, and 70 in 2004.

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