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Belke Name Meaning

German: possibly a habitational name for someone from Belkau in eastern Germany (near Stendal). North German: from Middle Low German belke ‘beam’, ‘rafter’, hence a nickname for an exceptionally tall person. Altered spelling of German Boehlke, Bölke.

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


Similar surnames: Berke, Oelke, Belle, Beilke, Balke, Beck, Belka, Selke, Beske, Boelke

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Where is the Belke family from?

You can see how Belke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Belke family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Belke families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 19 Belke families living in Illinois. This was about 28% of all the recorded Belke's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Belke families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Belke surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Belke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Belke. 22% of Belke men worked as a Laborer and 27% of Belke women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Belke were Machine Operator and Seamstress.

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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

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Machine Operator
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    27%
  • Machine Operator
    20%
  • Housewife
    14%
  • Seamstress
    14%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Belke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Belke 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 625 immigration records available for the last name Belke. 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 443 military records available for the last name Belke. For the veterans among your Belke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Belke lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Belke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Belke in 1953 was 57, and 83 in 2004.

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