Balkan Family History

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Balkan Name Meaning

Regional name for someone who lived in the Balkans, originally a Turkish word denoting a range of mountains in this area. Possibly a variant of English Balcombe (see Balcom).

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

Similar surnames: Balan, Backman, Ballon, Balian, Balin, Kalan, Salman, Talman, Barkman

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Balkan Family Origin

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Balkan Family Occupations

What did your Balkan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Fisherman and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Balkan. 8% of Balkan men worked as a Fisherman and 17% of Balkan women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Balkan were Salesman and Clerical

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Fisherman
  • Bookkeeper
  • Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
  • Beautician
  • Candy Store
  • Clerical

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Balkan Historical Records

What Balkan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Balkan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Balkan 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 268 immigration records available for the last name Balkan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 165 military records available for the last name Balkan. For the veterans among your Balkan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Balkan Life Expectancy

What is the average Balkan lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Balkan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Balkan in 1947 was 55, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Balkan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Balkan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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