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Popke Family History

Popke Name Meaning

(of Slavic origin): nickname from a diminutive of pop ‘priest’. Compare Polish Popek. from a pet form of the personal name Poppo (see Popp).

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

Similar surnames: Popken, Popko, Kopke, Poppe, Dopke, Papke, Ripke, Borke, Poppel

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Where is the Popke family from?

You can see how Popke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Popke family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Popke families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 20 Popke families living in New York. This was about 38% of all the recorded Popke's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Popke families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Popke surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Popke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Moulder and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Popke. 22% of Popke men worked as a Moulder.

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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

  • Moulder
  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Popke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Popke 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 301 immigration records available for the last name Popke. 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 267 military records available for the last name Popke. For the veterans among your Popke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Popke lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Popke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Popke in 1940 was 43, and 75 in 2004.

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