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Wilke Name Meaning

North German and Dutch: from a Low German pet form of Wilhelm . English (Lancashire): variant of Wilk .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Wilken, Wilkey, Wilk, Wilkie, Hilke, Wilkes, Wilde, Welle, Wicke

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Where is the Wilke family from?

You can see how Wilke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wilke family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wilke families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Wilke family living in Missouri. This was 100% of all the recorded Wilke's in USA. Missouri had the highest population of Wilke families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wilke surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wilke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wilke. 20% of Wilke men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Wilke women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wilke were Farm Laborer and Waitress. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 36,000 census records available for the last name Wilke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wilke 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Wilke. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Wilke. For the veterans among your Wilke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wilke lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wilke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Wilke in 1940 was 37, and 77 in 2004.

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