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Yerkes Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German and Dutch Jerkes, a patronymic from the personal name Jerke.

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

Similar surnames: Yerkey, Yerks, Yerke, Berkes, Perkes, Hermes, Berke, Heikes, Gerken

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Where is the Yerkes family from?

You can see how Yerkes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yerkes family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Yerkes families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 59 Yerkes families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 81% of all the recorded Yerkes's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Yerkes families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Yerkes surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Yerkes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Yerkes. 15% of Yerkes men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Yerkes women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Yerkes were Manager and Housework.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Yerkes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Yerkes 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 Yerkes. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Yerkes. For the veterans among your Yerkes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Yerkes lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Yerkes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Yerkes in 1954 was 45, and 68 in 2004.

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