Wake Name Meaning

Northern English and Scottish: from the Old Norse byname Vakr meaning ‘wakeful’, ‘vigilant’ (from vaka ‘to remain awake’), or perhaps from a cognate Old English Waca (attested in place names such as Wakeford, Wakeham, and Wakeley).

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


Similar surnames: Wade, Lake, Wale, Cake, Ware, Hake, Ake, Way, Rake, Waker

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Wake Family Origin

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Wake Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    33%
  • Laborer

    12%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Coal Miner

    4%

In 1880, the most common Wake occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Wake's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wake. A less common occupation for the Wake family was Coal Miner.

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Wake Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1956 and 2004, Wake life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Wake in 1956 was 58, and 71 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wake

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