Polk Family History

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Polk Name Meaning

Scottish: reduced form of Pollock. German (of Slavic origin): from an altered pet form of the Slavic personal name Boleslav, composed of the elements bole ‘great’, ‘large’ + slav ‘glory’. This name was a favorite during the Middle Ages among the gentry class in Silesia. German: ethnic name for a Pole (see Polak).

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


Similar surnames: Pol, Volk, Polt, Polka, Poll, Polak, Palm, Polek, Olk, Sock

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Polk Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Polk name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Polk. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    44%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    15%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    9%

  • Benin/Togo

    7%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

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Polk Family Origin

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Polk Family Occupations

What did your Polk ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Polk family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Polk. The most common Polk occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Polk's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    43%
  • Laborer

    12%
  • Farm Laborer

    6%
  • Farming

    5%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Polk ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Polk Historical Records

What Polk family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 82,000 census records available for the last name Polk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Polk census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Polk. 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 Card

There are 25,000 military records available for the last name Polk. For the veterans among your Polk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Polk Life Expectancy

What is the average Polk lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Polk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Polk in 1941 was 44, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Polk

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Polk ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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