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Origins Available: German, Scottish


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Spelling variations of this family name include: Turcke, Turck, Turcke, Turk, Turke, Tuerck, Tuercke and many more.

First found in Silesia, where the name came from humble beginnings but acquired a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Turk research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1654, 1798, and 1846 are included under the topic Early Turk History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Turk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Turk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Isaac Turk, who landed in New York, NY in 1708
  • Robert Turk, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Fredrick Turk, aged 29, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Turk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Martin Turk, who landed in America in 1850
  • Nik Turk, who arrived in America in 1850
  • Agnese Turk, who arrived in America in 1850
  • T Turk, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Christian Turk, who landed in America in 1855


Turk Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • John Paul Turk, who arrived in Alabama in 1920

Turk Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • George Turk, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874

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  • Elizabeth Turk (b. 1961), American artist and sculptor
  • Brian D. Turk, American actor
  • Gordon Turk, prominent American concert organist
  • Godwin Lee Turk (b. 1950), former American football linebacker
  • Tommy Turk (1927-1981), American jazz trombonist
  • John Turk (b. 1962), American model, bodybuilder, personal trainer, former Chicago police officer, and actor
  • Clyde Turk (1907-1995), American jockey and trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses
  • Daniel Anthony Turk (1962-2000), American football center
  • Matthew Edward Turk (b. 1968), American football punter
  • Roy Kenneth Turk (1892-1934), American songwriter

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  1. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  2. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  4. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Turk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Turk Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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