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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Folk

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
  1. [Eng. Hist] In Anglo-Saxon times, the people of a group of townships or villages; a community; a tribe.(Obs)"The organization of each folk, as such, sprang mainly from war." [J. R. Green.]
  2. People in general, or a separate class of people; -- generally used in the plural form, and often with a qualifying adjective; as, the old folks; poor folks. (Colloq)"In winter's tedious nights, sit by the fire With good old folks, and let them tell thee tales." [Shak.]
  3. The persons of one's own family; as, our folks are all well.(Colloq. New Eng)

Etymology: AS. folc; akin to D. volk, OS. & OHG. folk, G. volk, Icel. fōlk, Sw. & Dan. folk, Lith. pulkas crowd, and perh. to E. follow

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community
  2. People in general (often used in the plural) ("they're just country folk" and "folks around here drink moonshine")
  3. People descended from a common ancestor
  4. A social division of (usually preliterate) people

Notable Persons With the Last Name Folk

Nick Folk is an athlete. Nick was born on November 5th, 1984 in Hollywood, California, U.S. Nick is also known as Folk and Nicholas Alexander.


Robert Folk is a composer, conductor, producer, and conducting. He plays Orchestra. Robert was born on March 5th, 1949 in New York City.


Michael was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia.


Richard Dale Folk is an MLA for Saskatoon University. Richard was born on March 5th, 1950 in Saskatoon. Richard is also known as Folk and Richard Dale.


Erik was born on January 26th, 1989.


Chad Folk is a gridiron football player. Chad was born on October 28th, 1972 in Kelowna, BC, Canada.


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Popularity of Folk as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Folk U.S.
  White 82.71% 64.26%
  African American 12.32% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.02% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.32% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.75% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.88% 16.26%

Of Last Name Folk

People with the last name Folk are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Folk

  • How Popular is the name Folk? As a last name Folk was the 5,778th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Folk first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Folk is Monday, June 20th, 1892.
  • How unique is the name Folk? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Folk. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Folk: Your name in reverse order is Klof. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Flko. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Folk? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,996 people with the last name Folk.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Folk? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Folk as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.