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Sterk Family History

Sterk Name Meaning

Dutch: nickname from Middle Dutch sterke, star(c)ke, staerke ‘strong’, ‘brave’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name or nickname from German Stärke ‘strength’ (see 1 above).

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


Similar surnames: Stark, Stern, Stork, Oster, Turk, Starke, Stock, Steck, Stier, Star

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Where is the Sterk family from?

You can see how Sterk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sterk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sterk families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Sterk family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Sterk's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Sterk families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sterk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sterk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sterk. 20% of Sterk men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Sterk women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sterk were Mechanic and Housekeeper.

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Mechanic
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    22%
  • Teacher
    18%
  • Clerk
    15%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
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What Sterk family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Sterk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sterk 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 Sterk. 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 942 military records available for the last name Sterk. For the veterans among your Sterk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sterk lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Sterk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Sterk in 1962 was 64, and 81 in 2004.

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