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Berkshire Name Meaning

English: regional name denoting someone from the county of Berkshire in central southern England. The place name is derived from a Celtic name meaning ‘hilly place’ + Old English scir ‘shire’.

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


Similar surnames: Cheshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkheimer, Beresford, Shropshire

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Berkshire Family Origin

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Berkshire Family Occupations

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

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  • Farmer

    50%
  • Carpenter

    8%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    5%

In 1880, Farmer, Carpenter and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Berkshire. The most common Berkshire occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Berkshire's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Berkshire family was Keeping House.

Source: Census data for Berkshire | Data not to scale

Berkshire Historical Records

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Berkshire Life Expectancy

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