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Burch Family History

Burch Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Birch. North German: habitational name from any of several places called Burg, in northern Germany originally denoting a fortified town or a fortified residence within a town. The form reflects the north German pronunciation of Burg.

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

Similar surnames: Burich, Barch, Birch, Burgh, Buch, Urch, Bursch, Busch, Buren, Burry

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Where is the Burch family from?

You can see how Burch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burch families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 109 Burch families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded Burch's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Burch families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Burch surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Burch ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Burch. 19% of Burch men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Burch women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burch were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 187,000 census records available for the last name Burch. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burch 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Burch. 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 38,000 military records available for the last name Burch. For the veterans among your Burch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burch lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Burch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Burch in 1940 was 30, and 75 in 2004.

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