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Melka Name Meaning

Polish and Czech: from melka ‘half-ground grain’, hence an metonymic occupational name for a miller or a nickname from the same word in Polish dialect denoting a flour soup.

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


Similar surnames: Belka, Mulka, Pelka, Kalka, Meske, Milko, Milks, Oelke, Mele, Mula

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Where is the Melka family from?

You can see how Melka families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Melka family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Melka families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 12 Melka families living in Illinois. This was about 34% of all the recorded Melka's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Melka families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Melka surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Melka ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Machine Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Melka. 15% of Melka men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Melka women worked as a Machine Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Melka were Sausage Maker and Laborer.

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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
    15%
  • Foreman
    11%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Sausage Maker
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Machine Operator
    34%
  • Housekeeper
    23%
  • Waitress
    23%
  • Laborer
    23%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Melka. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Melka 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 398 immigration records available for the last name Melka. 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 382 military records available for the last name Melka. For the veterans among your Melka ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Melka lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Melka life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Melka in 1951 was 59, and 73 in 2004.

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