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Gerke Family History

Gerke Name Meaning

German: from a pet form of the personal name Gerhardt .

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


Similar surnames: Gerk, Gerde, Berke, Gere, Gerwe, Gerkin, Jerke, Gierke, Henke, Gerken

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Where is the Gerke family from?

You can see how Gerke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gerke family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Gerke families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Gerke families living in Indiana. This was about 80% of all the recorded Gerke's in USA. Indiana had the highest population of Gerke families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gerke surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gerke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gerke. 19% of Gerke men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Gerke women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gerke were Clerk and Teacher. .

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
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What Gerke family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Gerke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gerke census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Gerke. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gerke. For the veterans among your Gerke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gerke lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Gerke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Gerke in 1942 was 37, and 79 in 2004.

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