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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Work Family Origin

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Work Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    40%
  • Keeping House

    8%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Carpenter

    3%

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Work. The most common Work occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Work's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Work family was Carpenter.

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Work Historical Records

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Work Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1950 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Work

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