Berke Family History
Berke Name Meaning
German: topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or birch grove, Middle Low German berke. In Westphalia Berke, Birke also means ‘brook’, ‘stream’, and in some cases it may have been a topographic name for someone who lived by a stream. German: possibly a variant of Berka. Altered spelling of Swiss German Bürki, from a pet form of the personal name Burkhard (see Burkhart). Dutch: variant of Berk. Slovenian: unexplained. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Berke, a pet form of Ber.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press