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Recker Name Meaning

North German, Frisian, and Dutch: from a form of the personal name Richard, or a variant of the Dutch name Rijker, composed of the Germanic elements ric ‘power(ful)’ + hari, heri ‘army’. North German: topographic name from Middle Low German recke ‘stretch’, ‘route’, ‘hedge’, or a habitational name for someone from Recke, near Osnabrück.

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


Similar surnames: Ecker, Necker, Rocker, Rucker, Reker, Wicker, Decker, Uecker, Recher

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Where is the Recker family from?

You can see how Recker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Recker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Recker families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Recker family living in Illinois. This was about 20% of all the recorded Recker's in the USA. Illinois and 4 other states had the highest population of Recker families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Recker surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Recker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Recker. 29% of Recker men worked as a Farmer and 23% of Recker women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Recker 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
    29%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    23%
  • Housework
    13%
  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Clerk
    10%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Recker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Recker 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Recker. 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 Recker. For the veterans among your Recker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Recker lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Recker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Recker in 1949 was 28, and 68 in 2004.

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