Block Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from Middle High German bloch, Middle Dutch blok ‘block of wood’, ‘stocks’. The surname probably originated as a nickname for a large, lumpish man, or perhaps as a nickname for a persistent lawbreaker who found himself often in the stocks. English: possibly a metonymic occupational name for someone who blocks, as in shoemaking and bookbinding, from Middle English blok ‘block’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): Americanized spelling of Bloch (see Vlach).

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


Similar surnames: Lock, Brock, Blick, Bloch, Black, Klock, Bock, Plock, Flock, Stock

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Block Family Origin

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Block Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    21%
  • Mason

    9%
  • Student

    9%
  • Dress Maker

    6%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Block family was Dress Maker. The most common Block occupation in Canada was Farmer. 21% of Block's were Farmers. Farmer, Mason and Student were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Block.

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United States

Between 1943 and 2004, Block life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Block in 1943 was 47, and 78 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Block

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