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Origins Available: German, Scottish


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The surname Turk was 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.

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


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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. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  6. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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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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