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Elk Surname Meaning

Native American: translation into English (and shortening) of a personal name based on a word such as Lakota Sioux hehaka and Cheyenne mo'e(he) meaning ‘elk’. The importance of the elk to Native Americans is reflected in their traditional personal names some of which were adopted as surnames (translated into English) e.g. Elk Shoulder (see Elkshoulder ) and Red Elk (see Redelk ). German: variant of Elke . Americanized form of German Ilg or of some other similar (like-sounding) surname. Perhaps also Dutch (Van Elk): habitational name from the village Ellecom in the province of Gelderland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Ell, Elm, Eck, Olk, Selk, Vlk, Ely, Elo, Els, Mak

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Where is the Elk family from?

You can see how Elk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Elk families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 5 Elk families living in Worcestershire. This was about 71% of all the recorded Elk's in United Kingdom. Worcestershire had the highest population of Elk families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Elk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Elk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Office Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Elk. 33% of Elk men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Elk women worked as an Office Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elk were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    33%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Manager
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Office Clerk
    34%
  • Stenographer
    34%
  • Housekeeper
    34%
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Elk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elk 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 987 immigration records available for the last name Elk. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Elk. For the veterans among your Elk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Elk lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Elk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Elk in 1950 was 41, and 94 in 2004.

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