Oelke Family History

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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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Oelke Family Origin

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Oelke Family Occupations

What did your Oelke ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Oelke family was Blacksmith. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Oelke. The most common Oelke occupation in the USA was Farmer. 48% of Oelke's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Blacksmith


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Oelke Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Oelke Life Expectancy

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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