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Burke Family History

Burke Name Meaning
Irish (of Anglo-Norman origin): habitational name from Burgh in Suffolk, England. This is named with Old English burh ‘fortification’, ‘fortified manor’.Norwegian: Americanized form of Børke, a habitational name from any of eight farms in southeastern Norway, named with Old Norse birki ‘birch wood’.German: variant of Burk.

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

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Name Distribution of Burke Families

  • Number of Burke families
     1,747 - 3,491
     583 - 1,746
     1 - 582
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Burke families
     1,309 - 2,615
     437 - 1,308
     1 - 436
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Burke families
     167 - 331
     56 - 166
     1 - 55
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Burke Family Origin

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Burke Immigration Information

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Burke Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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