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Berkey Family History

Berkey Name Meaning

North German: variant of Berke . This surname is rare in Germany. Compare Barkey . Americanized form of Swiss German Bürki (see Burki ) and probably also of its cognate Bürgi (see Burgi ). Compare Bergey . Americanized form of Hungarian Berki .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Berke, Berley, Berkes, Bergey, Burkey, Beckey, Birkey, Barkey, Berner

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Where is the Berkey family from?

You can see how Berkey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berkey family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Berkey families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 34 Berkey families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 69% of all the recorded Berkey's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Berkey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Berkey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Berkey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Berkey. 20% of Berkey men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Berkey women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berkey were Carpenter and Teacher. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Berkey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berkey 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Berkey. 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 Berkey. For the veterans among your Berkey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berkey lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Berkey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Berkey in 1950 was 41, and 82 in 2004.

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