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Oelke Name Meaning

short form of the female personal name Olgardis, hence a metronymic, or of the male personal name Ulrich (see Oehl). nickname for a short person, from Low German ölken ‘dwarf’. possibly a habitational name from Oelken in Westphalia.

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


Similar surnames: Belke, Berke, Elbe, Noelke, Oelfke, Goerke, Toelke, Selke, Roelke

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Where is the Oelke family from?

You can see how Oelke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oelke family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Oelke families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 23 Oelke families living in Minnesota. This was about 23% of all the recorded Oelke's in the USA. Minnesota and 1 other state had the highest population of Oelke families in 1880.
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What did your Oelke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Oelke. 43% of Oelke men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Oelke women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oelke were Farm Laborer 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

  • Farmer
    43%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    27%
  • Maid
    18%
  • Housewife
    14%
  • Stenographer
    9%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Oelke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oelke 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 532 immigration records available for the last name Oelke. 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 847 military records available for the last name Oelke. For the veterans among your Oelke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oelke lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Oelke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Oelke in 1960 was 52, and 62 in 2004.

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