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Burke Name Meaning

Irish (of Anglo-Norman origin): habitational name from Burgh in Suffolk, England. This is named with Old English burh ‘fortification’, ‘fortified manor’. Norwegian: Americanized form of Børke, a habitational name from any of eight farms in southeastern Norway, named with Old Norse birki ‘birch wood’. German: variant of Burk.

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

Similar surnames: Burk, Berke, Birke, Burge, Burden, Buske, Turk, Duke, Burse, Buren

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Where is the Burke family from?

You can see how Burke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burke family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burke families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 112 Burke families living in New York. This was about 25% of all the recorded Burke's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Burke families in 1840.
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What did your Burke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Burke. 13% of Burke men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Burke women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burke were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 794,000 census records available for the last name Burke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burke 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 150,000 immigration records available for the last name Burke. 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 163,000 military records available for the last name Burke. For the veterans among your Burke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burke lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Burke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Burke in 1940 was 31, and 75 in 2004.

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