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Oak Family History

Oak Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near an oak tree or in an oak wood, from Middle English oke ‘oak’, also used in the singular in a collective sense. In some cases the surname may be a habitational name from minor places named with this word, such as Oake in Somerset. It is possible that it was sometimes also used as a nickname for someone ‘as strong as oak’. Indian (Maharashtra): Hindu (Brahman) name of unknown meaning.

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


Similar surnames: Olk, Tak, Hoar, Way, Mak, Zak, Boak, Rak, Bak, Hoak

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Where is the Oak family from?

You can see how Oak families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oak family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Oak families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Oak families living in Vermont. This was about 44% of all the recorded Oak's in the USA. Vermont had the highest population of Oak families in 1840.
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What did your Oak ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Oak. 30% of Oak men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Oak women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oak were Mechanic and Stenographer.

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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
    30%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Carpenter
    6%
  • Mechanic
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    12%
  • Housework
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Oak. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oak 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 Oak. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Oak. For the veterans among your Oak ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oak lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Oak life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Oak in 1945 was 28, and 78 in 2004.

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