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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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Where is the Pike family from?

You can see how Pike families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pike family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pike families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 144 Pike families living in Massachusetts. This was about 19% of all the recorded Pike's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Pike families in 1840.
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What did your Pike ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pike. 17% of Pike men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Pike women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pike were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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