York Family History

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York Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the city of York in northern England, or perhaps in some cases a regional name from the county of Yorkshire. The surname is now widespread throughout England. Originally, the city bore the British name Eburacum, which probably meant ‘yew-tree place’. This was altered by folk etymology into Old English Eoforwic (from the elements eofor ‘wild boar’ + wic ‘outlying settlement’). This name was taken over by Scandinavian settlers in the area, who altered it back to opacity in the form Iorvík and eventually Iork, in which form it finally settled by the 13th century. The surname has also been adopted by Jews as an Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.

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

Similar surnames: Work, Turk, Look, Rock, Bork, Yurk, Dock, Nord, Corn, Mork

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York Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the York name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name York. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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York Family Origin

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York Family Occupations

What did your York ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the York family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by York. The most common York occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of York's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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York Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 277,000 census records available for the last name York. Like a window into their day-to-day life, York census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 22,000 immigration records available for the last name York. 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 Card

There are 215,000 military records available for the last name York. For the veterans among your York ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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York Life Expectancy

What is the average York lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, York life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for York in 1940 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

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