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Sherk Family History

Sherk Name Meaning

Americanized form of Swiss German Schürch: nickname for a person with a slow shuffling gait and an overall easy going nature from Middle High German schürgen ‘to push to shove’ (later ‘to drive to attack’). Compare Scherich Sharick Sherick Sherrick and Shirk . Americanized form of German Scherk: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Shark, Shera, Shirk, Sherr, Shere, Sher, Shuck, Shek, Sherick, Shenk

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Where is the Sherk family from?

You can see how Sherk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sherk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sherk families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there were 11 Sherk families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Sherk's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Sherk families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sherk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sherk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sherk. 15% of Sherk men worked as a Salesman and 16% of Sherk women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sherk were Clerk and Seamstress. .

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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
    15%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    16%
  • Housework
    16%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Seamstress
    10%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Sherk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sherk 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 Sherk. 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 941 military records available for the last name Sherk. For the veterans among your Sherk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sherk lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Sherk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Sherk in 1955 was 55, and 70 in 2004.

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