History of your Surname
Get access to Lemke family records.Start a free trial

Lemke Family History

Lemke Name Meaning

North German: from a pet form of the personal name Lemert (see Lambert).

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


Similar surnames: Remke, Lenke, Lamke, Limke, Lemme, Lampe, Jeske, Jenke, Lueke, Henke

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Lemke family from?

You can see how Lemke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lemke family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Lemke families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Lemke family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Lemke's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Lemke families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lemke surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lemke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lemke. 23% of Lemke men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Lemke women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lemke were Carpenter and Teacher.

View Census data for Lemke | Data not to scale

*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
    23%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    7%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Lemke family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Lemke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lemke census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Lemke

Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Lemke. 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.

View all Lemke immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Lemke. For the veterans among your Lemke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Lemke military records

You've only scratched the surface of Lemke family history.

Discover More

What is the average Lemke lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Lemke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Lemke in 1944 was 71, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lemke

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Lemke family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial