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Perkey Family History

Perkey Name Meaning

Probably an Americanized form of Swiss German Bürgi, Bürgy (see Burgy).

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


Similar surnames: Perley, Berkey, Perkin, Purkey, Yerkey, Poskey, Pelkey, Pirkey

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Where is the Perkey family from?

You can see how Perkey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Perkey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Perkey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Perkey families living in Virginia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Perkey's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Perkey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Perkey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Perkey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Perkey. 28% of Perkey men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Perkey women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Perkey were Salesman and House Keeper.

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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
    28%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Labor
    8%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Cook
    24%
  • Waitress
    16%
  • Housework
    16%
  • House Keeper
    16%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Perkey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Perkey 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 90 immigration records available for the last name Perkey. 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 851 military records available for the last name Perkey. For the veterans among your Perkey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Perkey lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Perkey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Perkey in 1944 was 24, and 61 in 2004.

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