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Erk Family History

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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Where is the Erk family from?

You can see how Erk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Erk family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Erk families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 38 Erk families living in Indiana. This was about 31% of all the recorded Erk's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Erk families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Erk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Erk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Cigar Maker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Erk. 22% of Erk men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Erk women worked as a Cigar Maker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Erk were Bookkeeper and Housewife.

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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
  • Bookkeeper

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Cigar Maker
  • Secretary
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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What is the average Erk lifespan?

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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