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Greek Name Meaning

English (Devon): possibly a variant of Creek. Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Krieg or Dutch Kriek (see Creek). ethnic name for a Greek, a translation of Italian Greco or of a word with the same meaning in some other language.

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


Similar surnames: Creek, Green, Reek, Gerk, Great, Grieb, Ree, Greco, Greif, Freel

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Where is the Greek family from?

You can see how Greek families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Greek family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Greek families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Greek families living in New York. This was about 46% of all the recorded Greek's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Greek families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Greek surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Greek ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Greek. 23% of Greek men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Greek women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Greek were New Worker and Teacher.

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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
    23%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • New Worker
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Laundress
    13%
  • Teacher
    10%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Greek. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Greek 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 Greek. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Greek. For the veterans among your Greek ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Greek lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Greek life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Greek in 1946 was 52, and 73 in 2004.

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