Berke Family History

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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


Similar surnames: Berk, Berkes, Berko, Berkey, Beck, Berge, Belke, Berka, Borke, Berne

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Berke Family Origin

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Berke Family Occupations

What did your Berke ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Berke occupation in the USA was Laborer. 29% of Berke's were Laborers. Laborer, Farmer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Berke. A less common occupation for the Berke family was Carpenter.

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  • Laborer

    29%
  • Farmer

    24%
  • Farming

    10%
  • Carpenter

    5%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Berke ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Berke Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Berke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berke census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Berke. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Berke. For the veterans among your Berke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Berke Life Expectancy

What is the average Berke lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Berke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Berke in 1947 was 26, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Berke

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Berke ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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