Kerker Family History

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Kerker Name Meaning

South German: variant of Kercher (see Karcher), but also from the dialect word Kerker ‘prison’ (Latin carcer), hence a metonymic occupational name for a prison warder or possibly a topographic name. North German: topographic name for someone who lived near a church, from Low German kerke ‘church’, or possibly an occupational name from a reduced form of Low German Kerkener ‘sexton’. Sorbian topographic name for someone living near bushes, from Sorbian kerk ‘bush’, ‘undergrowth’. Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by a dungeon, Dutch kerker.

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

Similar surnames: Kerner, Berner, Recker, Merker, Karner, Reker, Kerper, Kemper, Kelker

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Kerker Family Origin

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Kerker Family Occupations

What did your Kerker ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Kerker family was Laborer. Farmer, Butcher and Hotel Keeper were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kerker. The most common Kerker occupation in the USA was Farmer. 15% of Kerker's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Butcher

  • Hotel Keeper

  • Laborer


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

Kerker Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Kerker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kerker 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 701 immigration records available for the last name Kerker. 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 655 military records available for the last name Kerker. For the veterans among your Kerker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kerker Life Expectancy

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Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Kerker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Kerker in 1958 was 47, and 82 in 2004.

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