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Goerke Name Meaning

German (also Görke):: from a Slavic-influenced pet form of the personal name Georg (see George ). habitational name from any of several places in Pomerania so called from Slavic gora ‘mountain hill’. variant of Gerke .

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

Similar surnames: Gierke, Berke, Borke, Goede, Oelke, Roepke, Noelke, Roelke, Gerken

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Where is the Goerke family from?

You can see how Goerke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goerke family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Goerke families were found in and USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Goerke family living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Goerke's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Goerke families in 1840.
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What did your Goerke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Goerke. 16% of Goerke men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Goerke women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goerke were Clerk 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
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Goerke lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Goerke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Goerke in 1950 was 48, and 49 in 2004.

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