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Wilk Name Meaning

Polish: from Polish wilk ‘wolf’, probably from an Old Slavic personal name containing this element, but perhaps also applied as a nickname for someone thought to resemble a wolf or connected with wolves. Scottish and English: from a medieval personal name, a back-formation from Wilkin, as if that contained the Anglo-Norman French diminutive suffix -in. North German: variant of Wilke.

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


Similar surnames: Will, Wick, Wild, Milk, Silk, Walk, Wilke, Bick, Wile, Wilks

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Where is the Wilk family from?

You can see how Wilk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wilk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wilk families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Wilk families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Wilk's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Wilk families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wilk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wilk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wilk. 22% of Wilk men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Wilk women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wilk were New Worker and Packer.

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • New Worker
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
    7%
  • Housework
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Packer
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Wilk. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Wilk. For the veterans among your Wilk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wilk lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Wilk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Wilk in 1950 was 45, and 77 in 2004.

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