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Turk Name Meaning

English (mainly Gloucestershire), Dutch, and German (also Türk): from Middle English, Old French turc, Middle High and Low German Turc ‘Turk’, from Turkish türk. In theory this could be an ethnic name but, both in England and northwest Europe, it is generally a nickname for a person with black hair and a swarthy complexion or a cruel, rowdy, or unruly person. The Dutch and German surname also represents a house name, derived from the use of a picture of a Turk as a house sign. It is also found as a nickname for someone who had taken part in the wars against the Turks. English: from a medieval personal name, a back-formation from Turkel, misanalyzed as containing the Old French diminutive suffix -el. Scottish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Tuirc, a patronymic from the byname Torc ‘boar’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ethnic name denoting someone from Turkey or anywhere in the Ottoman Empire, or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a Turk. Americanized form of the Greek ethnic name Tourkos ‘Turk’. See also Turco.

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

Similar surnames: Turek, Turck, Turco, Durk, Turi, Huck, Turo, Tuck, Tur, Burk

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You can see how Turk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Turk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Turk families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 43 Turk families living in New York. This was about 35% of all the recorded Turk's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Turk families in 1840.
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What did your Turk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Turk. 17% of Turk men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Turk women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Turk were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Turk. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Turk. For the veterans among your Turk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Turk lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Turk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Turk in 1942 was 27, and 79 in 2004.

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