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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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Where is the York family from?

You can see how York families moved over time by selecting different census years. The York family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most York families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 749 York families living in Northamptonshire. This was about 19% of all the recorded York's in United Kingdom. Northamptonshire had the highest population of York families in 1891.
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What did your York ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named York. 10% of York men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of York women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named York were Builders Labourer and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    10%
  • Incapacitated
    4%
  • Retired
    3%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Passenger Lists

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