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Work Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the lands of Work in the parish of St. Ola, Orkney. English: from Old English (ge)weorc ‘work’, ‘fortification’, hence probably a topographic name or an occupational name for someone who worked on fortifications or at a fort. Danish: habitational name from a place so called.

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

Similar surnames: York, Wark, Worl, Mork, Rock, Look, Bork, Turk, Cork, Worm

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Where is the Work family from?

You can see how Work families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Work family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Work families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 49 Work families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 31% of all the recorded Work's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Work families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Work surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Work ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Work. 16% of Work men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Work women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Work were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
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What Work family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 57,000 census records available for the last name Work. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Work 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Work. 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 37,000 military records available for the last name Work. For the veterans among your Work ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Work lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Work life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Work in 1950 was 43, and 69 in 2004.

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