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Burks Name Meaning

English (Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire): habitational name from Birks in Cumberworth (Yorkshire) or from a minor place of this name in another county named from Middle English birkes berkes ‘the birches’. If from Staffordshire the name may be a variant of Birch .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Burkes, Berks, Purks, Birks, Barks, Bucks, Burk, Burke, Burns, Bires

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Where is the Burks family from?

You can see how Burks families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burks family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burks families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 32 Burks families living in Kentucky. This was about 21% of all the recorded Burks's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Burks families in 1840.
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What did your Burks ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Burks. 24% of Burks men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Burks women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burks were Farm Laborer and Laborer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
  • Laborer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Burks. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Burks. For the veterans among your Burks ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burks lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Burks life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Burks in 1942 was 44, and 72 in 2004.

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