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Cork Family History

Cork Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a supplier of red or purple dye or for a dyer of cloth, Middle English cork (of Celtic origin; compare Corkery).

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


Similar surnames: Corn, Cook, Curd, Work, Corp, Rock, York, Cord, Court, Clark

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Where is the Cork family from?

You can see how Cork families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cork family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cork families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 154 Cork families living in Ontario. This was about 47% of all the recorded Cork's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Cork families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cork surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cork ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Cork. 26% of Cork men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Cork women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cork were Accountant and Teacher.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    26%
  • Labourer
    16%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Accountant
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    50%
  • Teacher
    50%
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What Cork family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 69,000 census records available for the last name Cork. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cork 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Cork. 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 Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Cork. For the veterans among your Cork ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cork lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cork life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Cork in 1944 was 20, and 72 in 2004.

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