Gerken Family History

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Gerken Name Meaning

North German: patronymic from a short form of a personal name beginning with ger, gar ‘spear’, as in Gerhard (see Gerhardt).

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

Similar surnames: Gerten, Gerfen, Geiken, Gerren, Geron, German, Berken, Gerwin, Geen

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Gerken Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gerken name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gerken. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Sweden


  • Norway


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Gerken Family Origin

Where is the Gerken family from?

Gerken Family Occupations

What did your Gerken ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Gerken occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Gerken's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Gerken family was Carpenter. Farmer, Grocer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gerken.

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  • Farmer

  • Grocer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Gerken ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Gerken Historical Records

What Gerken family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Gerken. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gerken 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Gerken. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Gerken. For the veterans among your Gerken ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gerken Life Expectancy

What is the average Gerken lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Gerken life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1961. The average life expectancy for Gerken in 1949 was 38, and 83 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gerken

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gerken ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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