Work Family History

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Work Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the lands of Work in the parish of St. Ola, Orkney. English: from Old English (ge)weorc ‘work’, ‘fortification’, hence probably a topographic name or an occupational name for someone who worked on fortifications or at a fort. Danish: habitational name from a place so called.

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

Similar surnames: York, Wark, Worl, Mork, Rock, Look, Bork, Turk, Cork, Worm

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Work Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Work name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Work. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Work Family Origin

Where is the Work family from?

Work Family Occupations

What did your Work ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Carpenter and Cultivateur were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Work. A less common occupation for the Work family was Going To School. The most common Work occupation in Canada was Farmer. 33% of Work's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Cultivateur

  • Going To School


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Work ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Work Historical Records

What Work family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 57,000 census records available for the last name Work. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Work 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Work. 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 37,000 military records available for the last name Work. For the veterans among your Work ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Work Life Expectancy

What is the average Work lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Work life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Work in 1950 was 43, and 69 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Work

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Work ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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