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Harke Name Meaning

North German and North Frisian: from a Frisian personal name a short form of any of the ancient Germanic personal names with hari heri ‘army’ as the first element (see for example Herman Herwig ). North German: possibly a nickname or a metonymic occupational name from Middle Low German harke ‘rake’ or a topographic name from herk hark ‘marsh bog’.

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

Similar surnames: Harle, Hacke, Hare, Hanke, Hake, Haake, Harpe, Hark, Haske, Hapke

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Where is the Harke family from?

You can see how Harke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Harke family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Harke families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 33 Harke families living in Missouri. This was about 28% of all the recorded Harke's in USA. Missouri had the highest population of Harke families in 1880.
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What did your Harke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Harke. 29% of Harke men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Harke women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Harke were Machinist and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Truck Driver
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
  • Housewife
  • Housework
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Harke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Harke 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Harke. 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 Harke. For the veterans among your Harke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Harke lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Harke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Harke in 1951 was 42, and 71 in 2004.

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