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Greek Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Krieg and perhaps also of Dutch Kriek (see Creek ). English (Devon): ethnic name for someone from Greece Middle English grek greik. There seems also to have been some confusion with Gregg and its variants. In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages e.g. Italian Greco .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Creek, Green, Reek, Gerk, Great, Grieb, Ree, Greco, Greif, Freel

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Where is the Greek family from?

You can see how Greek families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Greek family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Greek families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 22 Greek families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 65% of all the recorded Greek's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Greek families in 1911.
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What did your Greek ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Fisher was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Greek. 77% of Greek men worked as a Fisher. .

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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

  • Fisher
  • Farmer
  • Fisherman
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Greek. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Greek. For the veterans among your Greek ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Greek lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Greek life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Greek in 1946 was 52, and 73 in 2004.

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