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Milk Family History

Milk Name Meaning

English (Norfolk): probably from Middle English milk ‘milk’, applied as a metonymic occupational name for a producer or seller of milk. In some instances, probably a translation of German Milch, a variant of Slavic Milich or of Dutch Mielke (a pet form of Miele), or a shortening of Slavic Milkovich.

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


Similar surnames: Milks, Silk, Mick, Mink, Mill, Wilk, Milke, Bick, Milko, Milz

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Where is the Milk family from?

You can see how Milk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Milk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Milk families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 10 Milk families living in New York. This was about 83% of all the recorded Milk's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Milk families in 1840.
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What did your Milk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Milk. 28% of Milk men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Milk women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Milk were Mechanic and Waitress.

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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
    28%
  • Farmer
    28%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Mechanic
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    34%
  • Stenographer
    27%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Waitress
    14%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Milk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Milk 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 688 immigration records available for the last name Milk. 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 Milk. For the veterans among your Milk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Milk lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Milk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Milk in 1960 was 31, and 70 in 2004.

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