Turek Family History

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Turek Name Meaning

Czech, Slovak, Polish, and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from the vocabulary word Turek ‘Turk’, either an ethnic name for a Turk or a nickname for someone who was thought to resemble a Turk in some way. Croatian (northern Croatia) and Slovenian: nickname for a refugee from the Turks in the 15th and 16th century, from the ethnic term Turek ‘Turk’. Slovenian territory and the northern parts of present-day Croatia were a refuge for Christians from Bosnia when it was conquered by the Ottoman Empire, and from those parts of Croatia that were a war zone. Refugees were thus not ethnic Turks, but Serbs and Croats from ‘Turkey’, i.e. the Ottoman Empire. Slovenian: perhaps also a nickname or occupational name from any of various plants named turek, e.g. a kind of flax or a mushroom of the genus Leccinium. Polish and Jewish (from Poland): habitational name from any of several places named Turek, in particular one in Konin voivodeship.

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

Similar surnames: Turk, Turck, Turner, Turco, Torok, Tur, Zurek, Buren, Turi, Kurek

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Turek Ethnicity Estimate

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Baltic States


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Turek Family Origin

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Turek Family Occupations

What did your Turek ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Tailor, Farmer and Grocer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Turek. A less common occupation for the Turek family was Keeps House. The most common Turek occupation in the USA was Tailor. 25% of Turek's were Tailors.

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  • Tailor

  • Farmer

  • Grocer

  • Keeps House


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Turek Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Turek. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Turek 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Turek. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Turek. For the veterans among your Turek ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Turek Life Expectancy

What is the average Turek lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Turek life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Turek in 1950 was 48, and 77 in 2004.

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