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Berk Name Meaning

Dutch, Czech, and Polish: from a reduced form of a Germanic personal name formed with ber ‘bear’ (see Bernhard). Dutch and North German (van Berk): topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or in a birch wood, from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German berke ‘birch’. German: of Slavic (Sorbian) origin, an occupational name for a collector of taxes. Slovenian: unexplained. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Berg.

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


Similar surnames: Berke, Beck, Bark, Berg, Berka, Bork, Berko, Berl, Bern, Bero

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Where is the Berk family from?

You can see how Berk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berk families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 11 Berk families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 44% of all the recorded Berk's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Berk families in 1840.
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What did your Berk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Berk. 14% of Berk men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Berk women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berk were Clerk and Clerk.

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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
    14%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Saleslady
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%
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Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Berk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berk 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Berk. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Berk. For the veterans among your Berk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berk lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Berk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Berk in 1946 was 46, and 81 in 2004.

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