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Decker Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a roofer (thatcher, tiler, slater, or shingler) or a carpenter or builder, from an agent derivative of Middle High German decke ‘covering’, a word which was normally used to refer to roofs, but sometimes also to other sorts of covering; modern German Decke still has the twin senses ‘ceiling’ and ‘blanket’. Dutch: variant of Dekker, cognate with 1. English: variant of Dicker.

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


Similar surnames: Dicker, Dekker, Ducker, Ecker, Necker, Wecker, Denker, Recker, Becker

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Where is the Decker family from?

You can see how Decker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Decker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Decker families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 590 Decker families living in New York. This was about 54% of all the recorded Decker's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Decker families in 1840.
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What did your Decker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Decker. 15% of Decker men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Decker women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Decker were Truck Driver 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
    15%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Decker. 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 61,000 military records available for the last name Decker. For the veterans among your Decker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Decker lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Decker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Decker in 1941 was 54, and 75 in 2004.

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