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Perk Family History

Perk Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from a medieval pet form of the personal name Peter. Compare Perkin. Jewish (from Lithuania): habitational name from Perki in Lithuania.

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


Similar surnames: Park, Perko, Pero, Perl, Penk, Berk, Pere, Perz, Peak, Peri

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Where is the Perk family from?

You can see how Perk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Perk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Perk families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Perk families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Perk's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Perk families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Perk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Perk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Perk. 18% of Perk men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Perk women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Perk were Clerk and Clerk.

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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
    18%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Saleslady
    11%
  • Seamstress
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Perk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Perk 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 Perk. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Perk. For the veterans among your Perk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Perk lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Perk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Perk in 1943 was 46, and 90 in 2004.

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