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Dyke Family History

Dyke Name Meaning

English: from Middle English diche, dike, Old English dic ‘dike’, ‘earthwork’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a ditcher or a topographic name for someone who lived by a ditch or dike. The medieval dike was larger and more prominent than the modern ditch, and was usually constructed for purposes of defense rather than drainage. Americanized spelling of Dutch Dijk (see Dyck).

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


Similar surnames: Duke, Lake, Tye, Opdyke, Pye, Dyk, Nye, Dube, Lyke, Dame

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Where is the Dyke family from?

You can see how Dyke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dyke family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dyke families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 15 Dyke families living in New York. This was about 21% of all the recorded Dyke's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Dyke families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dyke surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dyke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dyke. 16% of Dyke men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Dyke women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dyke were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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
    16%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 113,000 census records available for the last name Dyke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dyke 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 Dyke. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Dyke. For the veterans among your Dyke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dyke lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Dyke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Dyke in 1944 was 65, and 75 in 2004.

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