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Birch Name Meaning

English, German, Danish, and Swedish: topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or in a birch wood, from a Germanic word meaning ‘birch’ (Old English birce ‘birch’, Middle High German birche, Old Danish birk). In some cases, the German name may be derived from places named with this word, such as Birch in Aargau (see Birke). In Swedish, the name is in many instances ornamental.

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

Similar surnames: Kirch, Bick, Beach, Kirsch, Burch, Winch, Busch, Hirsch, Horch, Barch

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Where is the Birch family from?

You can see how Birch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Birch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Birch families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 59 Birch families living in New York. This was about 28% of all the recorded Birch's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Birch families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Birch surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Birch ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Birch. 16% of Birch men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Birch women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Birch were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 287,000 census records available for the last name Birch. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Birch 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 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Birch. 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 26,000 military records available for the last name Birch. For the veterans among your Birch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Birch lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Birch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Birch in 1942 was 40, and 74 in 2004.

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