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Turek Name Meaning

Czech, Slovak, Polish, and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from the vocabulary word Turek ‘Turk’, either an ethnic name for a Turk or a nickname for someone who was thought to resemble a Turk in some way. Croatian (northern Croatia) and Slovenian: nickname for a refugee from the Turks in the 15th and 16th century, from the ethnic term Turek ‘Turk’. Slovenian territory and the northern parts of present-day Croatia were a refuge for Christians from Bosnia when it was conquered by the Ottoman Empire, and from those parts of Croatia that were a war zone. Refugees were thus not ethnic Turks, but Serbs and Croats from ‘Turkey’, i.e. the Ottoman Empire. Slovenian: perhaps also a nickname or occupational name from any of various plants named turek, e.g. a kind of flax or a mushroom of the genus Leccinium. Polish and Jewish (from Poland): habitational name from any of several places named Turek, in particular one in Konin voivodeship.

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


Similar surnames: Turk, Turck, Turner, Turco, Torok, Tur, Zurek, Buren, Turi, Kurek

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Where is the Turek family from?

You can see how Turek families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Turek family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Turek families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 2 Turek families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Turek's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Turek families in 1911.
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What did your Turek ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Turek. 18% of Turek men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Turek women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Turek were Baker and Farm Housekeeper.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Machinist
    4%
  • Baker
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Assembler
    8%
  • Farm Housekeeper
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Turek. For the veterans among your Turek ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Turek lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Turek life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Turek in 1950 was 48, and 77 in 2004.

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