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Hoak Family History

Hoak Name Meaning

Probably an Americanized form of Dutch van (den) Hoek(e), a habitational name for someone from a place called Hoek (East Flanders and Zeeland) or Hoeke (West Flanders). This surname occurs chiefly in PA.

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


Similar surnames: Hoek, Hock, Hoad, Hook, Oak, Hoar, Rock, Look, Hodak, Hoy

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Where is the Hoak family from?

You can see how Hoak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hoak family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hoak families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 20 Hoak families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 49% of all the recorded Hoak's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hoak families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hoak surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hoak ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hoak. 31% of Hoak men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Hoak women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hoak were New Worker and Housework.

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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
    31%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Machinist
    5%
  • New Worker
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • New Worker
    8%
  • Housework
    8%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Hoak. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hoak 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 411 immigration records available for the last name Hoak. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Hoak. For the veterans among your Hoak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hoak lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Hoak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Hoak in 1944 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

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