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Berka Name Meaning

Czech, Slovak, and Polish: from a pet form of the Germanic personal name Bernhard. Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal names Bernát (see Bernhard) or Bertalan (see Bartholomew). German: habitational name from any of several places named with Germanic birka ‘birch tree’, notably in Hesse and Thuringia.

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


Similar surnames: Berko, Bera, Berke, Berk, Belka, Berta, Berna, Berto, Bern, Barta

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Where is the Berka family from?

You can see how Berka families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berka family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Berka families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 7 Berka families living in Missouri. This was about 26% of all the recorded Berka's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Berka families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Berka surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Berka ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Berka. 23% of Berka men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Berka women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berka were Farm Laborer and Housewife.

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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
    23%
  • Laborer
    23%
  • Machinist
    12%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • New Worker
    20%
  • Operator
    15%
  • Housewife
    15%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Berka. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berka 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 922 immigration records available for the last name Berka. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Berka. For the veterans among your Berka ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berka lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Berka life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Berka in 1961 was 60, and 83 in 2004.

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