Pike Family History

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Pike Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a hill with a sharp point, from Old English pic ‘point’, ‘hill’, which was a relatively common place name element. English: metonymic occupational name for a pike fisherman or nickname for a predatory individual, from Middle English pike. English: metonymic occupational name for a user of a pointed tool for breaking up the earth, Middle English pike. Compare Pick. English: metonymic occupational name for a medieval foot soldier who used a pike, a weapon consisting of a sharp pointed metal end on a long pole, Middle English pic (Old French pique, of Germanic origin). English: nickname for a tall, thin person, from a transferred sense of one of the above. English: from a Germanic personal name (derived from the root ‘sharp’, ‘pointed’), found in Middle English and Old French as Pic. English: nickname from Old French pic ‘woodpecker’, Latin picus. Compare Pye and Speight. Irish: in the south, of English origin; in Ulster a variant Anglicization of Gaelic Mac Péice (see McPeake). Americanized spelling of German Peik, from Middle Low German pek ‘sharp, pointed tool or weapon’. Compare 4 above or from a Germanic personal name (see 6 above).

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

Similar surnames: Pine, Pipe, Duke, Pile, Eike, Piker, Spike, Lile, Ike, Piper

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Pike Ethnicity Estimate

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Pike Family Origin

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Pike Family Occupations

What did your Pike ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pike. The most common Pike occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Pike's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Pike family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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Pike Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 339,000 census records available for the last name Pike. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pike 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 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Pike. 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 42,000 military records available for the last name Pike. For the veterans among your Pike ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pike Life Expectancy

What is the average Pike lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Pike life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Pike in 1941 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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