Perkes Family History

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Perkes Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): variant spelling of Perks. Jewish (from Ukraine): metronymic from the Yiddish name Perke (a pet form of the female personal name Perl ‘pearl’; see Perel 3) + the Yiddish possessive suffix -s.

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

Similar surnames: Merkes, Berkes, Peres, Heikes, Perel, Porges, Berke, Hermes, Perkel

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Perkes Family Origin

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Perkes Family Occupations

What did your Perkes ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Perkes occupation in the USA was Brass Worker. 17% of Perkes's were Brass Workers. A less common occupation for the Perkes family was Laborer. Brass Worker, Farmer and Farms were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Perkes.

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  • Brass Worker

  • Farmer

  • Farms

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Perkes ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Perkes Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Perkes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Perkes 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 778 immigration records available for the last name Perkes. 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 313 military records available for the last name Perkes. For the veterans among your Perkes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Perkes Life Expectancy

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Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Perkes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Perkes in 1958 was 34, and 83 in 2004.

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