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Lerch Family History

Lerch Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German lerche, German Lerche ‘lark’, probably a nickname for someone with a good singing voice, or a metonymic occupational name for a bird-catcher. As a Jewish surname, it is most probably ornamental.

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

Similar surnames: Larch, Pech, Lersch, Perch, Karch, Horch, Loerch, Ferch, Lerche, Lech

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Where is the Lerch family from?

You can see how Lerch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lerch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lerch families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 35 Lerch families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 85% of all the recorded Lerch's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Lerch families in 1840.
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What did your Lerch ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lerch. 13% of Lerch men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Lerch women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lerch were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Lerch. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lerch 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Lerch. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Lerch. For the veterans among your Lerch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lerch lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Lerch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Lerch in 1944 was 24, and 70 in 2004.

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