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Salk Name Meaning

Respelling of Zalk, a Jewish name from Lithuania, of uncertain origin; most likely a pet form of the Yiddish personal name Zalkind (see Salkin). Shortened form of some Ashkenazic surname.

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

Similar surnames: Sack, Sak, Silk, Falk, Salak, Sank, Salek, Balk, Sala, Sall

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Where is the Salk family from?

You can see how Salk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Salk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Salk families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 15 Salk families living in New York. This was about 48% of all the recorded Salk's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Salk families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Salk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Salk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Salk. 24% of Salk men worked as a Salesman and 24% of Salk women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Salk were Clerk 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

  • Salesman
  • Draftsman
  • Proprietor
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Secretary
  • Saleslady
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Salk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Salk 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 619 immigration records available for the last name Salk. 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 Salk. For the veterans among your Salk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Salk lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Salk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Salk in 1953 was 54, and 68 in 2004.

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