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Luke Name Meaning

English: from a derivative of Lucas. This was (and is) the common vernacular form of the name, being the one by which the author of the fourth Gospel is known in English. English: habitational name for someone from Liège in Belgium (Dutch Luik). North German (Lüke): from a short form of Lüdeke; Luedecke.

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


Similar surnames: Duke, Luker, Lueke, Lutke, Lake, Like, Luka, Luks, Lue, Luk

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Where is the Luke family from?

You can see how Luke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Luke family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Luke families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 29 Luke families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Luke's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Luke families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Luke surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Luke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Luke. 17% of Luke men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Luke women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Luke were Truck Driver 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

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 127,000 census records available for the last name Luke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Luke 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Luke. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Luke. For the veterans among your Luke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Luke lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Luke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Luke in 1945 was 23, and 74 in 2004.

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