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Gurka Name Meaning

Polish: variant of Gorka and in North America (also) an altered form of this. This surname is very rare in Poland. Ukrainian and Rusyn (mainly from Poland and Slovakia): from a pet form of the personal name Huriy (Russian-oriented transliteration Guriy) ultimately from Hebrew gur ‘(lion) cub’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Gura, Gurkin, Gucwa, Gaska, Dura, Rutka, Yurk, Yurko, Gural, Luka

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Where is the Gurka family from?

You can see how Gurka families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gurka family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Gurka families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 7 Gurka families living in Missouri. This was about 37% of all the recorded Gurka's in USA. Missouri had the highest population of Gurka families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gurka surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gurka ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gurka. 43% of Gurka men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Gurka women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gurka were Farm Laborer 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Miner
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Weaver
  • House Work
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Gurka. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gurka 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 595 immigration records available for the last name Gurka. 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 450 military records available for the last name Gurka. For the veterans among your Gurka ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gurka lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Gurka life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Gurka in 1959 was 50, and 72 in 2004.

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