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Sterk Surname Meaning

German and Dutch: nickname from Middle Low German sterk and Middle High German stark Middle Dutch sterke star(c)ke staerke ‘strong brave’. Slovenian (Šterk): nickname from a derivative of štrkati ‘to shoot (i.e. to move suddenly and very fast) to shun (from gadflies)’ or perhaps from related today Croatian only štrk ‘gadfly’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name or nickname from German Stärke ‘strength’ (compare 1 above).

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

Similar surnames: Stark, Stern, Stork, Oster, Turk, Starke, Stock, Steck, Stier, Star

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Where is the Sterk family from?

You can see how Sterk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sterk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sterk families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 11 Sterk families living in Prince Edward Island. This was about 42% of all the recorded Sterk's in Canada. Prince Edward Island had the highest population of Sterk families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sterk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sterk ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Sterk. 100% of Sterk men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Sterk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sterk 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Sterk. 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 942 military records available for the last name Sterk. For the veterans among your Sterk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sterk lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Sterk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Sterk in 1962 was 64, and 81 in 2004.

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