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Picker Name Meaning

English: occupational name for someone who used a pick, from Middle English pi(c)k ‘pick’ (see Pick) + the agent suffix -er. English: occupational name for someone who caught or sold pike, from Middle English pike ‘pike’ + the agent suffix -er. English: topographic name for someone who lived on a pointed hill (see Pike 1), the -er suffix denoting an inhabitant. German: occupational name for someone who used a pick or pickaxe, from an agent derivative of Middle High German bicken ‘to prick or stab’. Dutch: occupational name for a stonemason or for a reaper or mower, from Middle Dutch picker, pecker. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): nickname for a big eater or a glutton, from Yiddish pikn ‘to eat’ with the noun suffix -er.

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

Similar surnames: Dicker, Bicker, Pickel, Packer, Wicker, Pickler, Ficker, Bricker

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Where is the Picker family from?

You can see how Picker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Picker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Picker families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 6 Picker families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 33% of all the recorded Picker's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Picker families in 1840.
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What did your Picker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Picker. 15% of Picker men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Picker women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Picker were Farm Laborer and Clerk.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Picker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Picker 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Picker. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Picker. For the veterans among your Picker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Picker lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Picker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Picker in 1958 was 61, and 85 in 2004.

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