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Roker Name Meaning

German (also Röker): of uncertain origin. In the north, it may be from a short form of a Germanic personal name from hrok ‘rook’, or alternatively from an agent derivative of Middle Low German rok ‘smoke’ and hence an occupational name for someone who smoked fish or meat or for a blacksmith or charcoal burner. In the east it could be an occupational name for a beekeeper, from Slavic roj ‘swarm of bees’.

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


Similar surnames: Roder, Rocker, Roper, Roser, Rover, Koker, Reker, Romer, Raker, Boker

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Where is the Roker family from?

You can see how Roker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roker families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Roker families living in Missouri. This was about 50% of all the recorded Roker's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Roker families in 1840.
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What did your Roker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Laundress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Roker. 27% of Roker men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Roker women worked as a Laundress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roker were Carpenter and Maid.

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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
    27%
  • Laborer
    23%
  • Mechanic
    11%
  • Carpenter
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laundress
    13%
  • Seamstress
    13%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Maid
    13%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Roker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roker 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 Roker. 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 468 military records available for the last name Roker. For the veterans among your Roker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Roker lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Roker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Roker in 1963 was 78, and 87 in 2004.

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