Berkeley Family History

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Berkeley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Berkeley in Gloucestershire, named in Old English with be(o)rc ‘birch’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Compare Scottish Barclay. Jewish (American): assimilated form of Berkowitz.

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

Similar surnames: Berkley, Beeley, Bulkeley, Beckley, Bartley, Brierley, Bromley

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Berkeley Family Origin

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Berkeley Family Occupations

What did your Berkeley ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Druggist were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Berkeley. The most common Berkeley occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Berkeley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Berkeley family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Druggist

  • Farm Laborer


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Berkeley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Berkeley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berkeley 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Berkeley. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Berkeley. For the veterans among your Berkeley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Berkeley Life Expectancy

What is the average Berkeley lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Berkeley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Berkeley in 1950 was 52, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Berkeley 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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