Erk Name Meaning

German: from a short form of Erkenbrecht, a Germanic personal name composed of the elements erkan ‘pure’, ‘perfect’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’.

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

Similar surnames: Erck, Eck, Berk, Merk, Ell, Perk, Erb, Denk, Elk, Gerk

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Erk Family Origin

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Erk Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Erk occupation in the USA was Laborer. 24% of Erk's were Laborers. Laborer, Engineer and Artist were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Erk. A less common occupation for the Erk family was Carpenter.

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  • Laborer

  • Engineer

  • Artist

  • Carpenter


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Erk Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Erk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Erk census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 783 immigration records available for the last name Erk. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Erk. For the veterans among your Erk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Erk Life Expectancy

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Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Erk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Erk in 1961 was 51, and 59 in 2004.

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