Wilke Family History

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Wilke Name Meaning

North German: from a Low German pet form of Wilhelm. English: variant spelling of Wilk.

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

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

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Wilke Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wilke name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wilke. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Wilke Family Origin

Where is the Wilke family from?

Wilke Family Occupations

What did your Wilke ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Wilke family was Carpenter. The most common Wilke occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Wilke's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wilke.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Wilke ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Wilke Historical Records

What Wilke family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Wilke Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wilke

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wilke ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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