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Lock Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a locksmith, from Middle English, Old English loc ‘lock’, ‘fastening’. English: topographic name for someone who lived near an enclosure, a place that could be locked, Middle English loke, Old English loca (a derivative of loc as in 1). Middle English loke also came to be used to denote a barrier, in particular a barrier on a river which could be opened and closed at will, and, by extension, a bridge. The surname may thus also have been a metonymic occupational name for a lock-keeper. English, Dutch, and German: nickname for a person with fine hair, or curly hair, from Middle English loc, Middle High German lock(e) ‘lock (of hair)’, ‘curl’. Americanized spelling of German Loch.

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


Similar surnames: Rock, Mock, Block, Klock, Flock, Glock, Hock, Dock, Look, Plock

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Where is the Lock family from?

You can see how Lock families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lock family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lock families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 55 Lock families living in New Hampshire. This was about 13% of all the recorded Lock's in the USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Lock families in 1840.
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What did your Lock ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lock. 20% of Lock men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Lock women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lock were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Maid
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Lock. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Lock. For the veterans among your Lock ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lock lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Lock life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Lock in 1943 was 46, and 70 in 2004.

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