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Yerkey Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German and Dutch Jerke.

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


Similar surnames: Yerkes, Yerke, Berkey, Yeakey, Yankey, Yerks, Perkey, Teskey, Birkey

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Where is the Yerkey family from?

You can see how Yerkey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yerkey family name was found in the USA between 1880 and 1920. The most Yerkey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 68 Yerkey families living in West Virginia. This was about 65% of all the recorded Yerkey's in the USA. West Virginia had the highest population of Yerkey families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Yerkey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Yerkey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Yerkey. 22% of Yerkey men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Yerkey women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Yerkey were Laborer and Seamstress.

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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
    22%
  • Farm Laborer
    16%
  • Truck Driver
    10%
  • Laborer
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    50%
  • Seamstress
    50%
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What Yerkey family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Yerkey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Yerkey 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 32 immigration records available for the last name Yerkey. 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 445 military records available for the last name Yerkey. For the veterans among your Yerkey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Yerkey lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Yerkey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Yerkey in 1948 was 59, and 83 in 2004.

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