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Kirk Family History

Kirk Surname Meaning

Scottish English and Danish: from Middle English Danish kirk ‘church’ (Old Norse kirkja) a topographic name for someone who lived near a church. This name has also been established in Ireland since the 16th century or earlier.

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

Similar surnames: Birk, Wire, Kirby, Turk, Bick, Kick, Zink, Kirch, Bird, Kirn

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Where is the Kirk family from?

You can see how Kirk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kirk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kirk families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 572 Kirk families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Kirk's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Kirk families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kirk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kirk ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Kirk. 38% of Kirk men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Kirk women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kirk were Carpenter and Servant. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Servant
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Census Records

There are 471,000 census records available for the last name Kirk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kirk 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 43,000 immigration records available for the last name Kirk. 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 66,000 military records available for the last name Kirk. For the veterans among your Kirk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kirk lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Kirk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kirk in 1942 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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