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Roelke Name Meaning

North German (Rölke): from a pet form of the personal names Rudolf or Roland.

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


Similar surnames: Roepke, Noelke, Roebke, Oelke, Roeske, Oelfke, Remke, Toelle, Boelke

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Where is the Roelke family from?

You can see how Roelke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roelke family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Roelke families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 12 Roelke families living in Wisconsin. This was about 36% of all the recorded Roelke's in the USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Roelke families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Roelke surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Roelke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Roelke. 48% of Roelke men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Roelke women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roelke were Salesman and Housekeeper.

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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
    48%
  • Farm Laborer
    18%
  • Fireman
    9%
  • Salesman
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    43%
  • Housework
    29%
  • Housekeeper
    29%
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What Roelke family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Roelke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roelke 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 126 immigration records available for the last name Roelke. 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 336 military records available for the last name Roelke. For the veterans among your Roelke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Roelke lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2003, in the United States, Roelke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Roelke in 1963 was 76, and 49 in 2003.

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