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Perkes Family History

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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Where is the Perkes family from?

You can see how Perkes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Perkes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Perkes families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1880 there were 11 Perkes families living in Utah. This was about 41% of all the recorded Perkes's in USA. Utah had the highest population of Perkes families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Perkes surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Perkes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Perkes. 20% of Perkes men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Perkes women worked as a 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

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    20%
  • Manager
    20%
  • Laborer
    15%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    100%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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What is the average Perkes lifespan?

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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