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Gerk Family History

Gerk Name Meaning

Variant of German Gerke (see Gerken). Possibly also Slovenian: ethnic name for a Greek, from Slovenian Gerk, an old spelling of Grk ‘Greek’.

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


Similar surnames: Gero, Gery, Berk, Gerl, Gere, Gerke, Merk, Peek, Peck, Derk

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Where is the Gerk family from?

You can see how Gerk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gerk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gerk families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Gerk family living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Gerk's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Gerk families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gerk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gerk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gerk. 42% of Gerk men worked as a Laborer and 60% of Gerk women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gerk were Labor 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

  • Laborer
    42%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Farming
    11%
  • Labor
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    60%
  • Clerk
    40%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Gerk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gerk 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 354 immigration records available for the last name Gerk. 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 240 military records available for the last name Gerk. For the veterans among your Gerk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gerk lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Gerk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Gerk in 1957 was 56, and 62 in 2004.

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