Elk Name Meaning

Perhaps a shortened form of the Dutch family name van Elk, a habitational name from someone from Othée (Dutch: Elch) in the province of Liège.

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

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

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Elk Family Origin

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Elk Family Occupations

What did your Elk ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Elk occupation in the USA was Farmer. 19% of Elk's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Elk family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Cooper were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Elk.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Cooper

  • Keeping House


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Elk Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

There are 987 immigration records available for the last name Elk. 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 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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Elk Life Expectancy

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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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