Balke Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Balke Name Meaning

German: from Balke ‘timber’, ‘beam’; hence a metonymic occupational name for a carpenter. German: variant of Balk. Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead named Balke, from Old Norse balkr ‘beam’, used in the sense ‘ridge’.

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

Similar surnames: Balk, Bakke, Balle, Bake, Belke, Backe, Walke, Halle, Balfe, Alme

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Balke Family Origin

Where is the Balke family from?

Balke Family Occupations

What did your Balke ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Balke occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Balke's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Balke family was At Home. Farmer, Carpenter and Cigar Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Balke.

View Census data for Balke | Data not to scale

  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Cigar Maker

  • At Home


United States shown, Canada data unavailable

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

Balke Historical Records

What Balke family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Balke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Balke census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1881 Canadian census records for Balke

Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Balke. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Balke immigration records

Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Balke. For the veterans among your Balke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Balke military records

You've only scratched the surface of Balke family history.

Balke Life Expectancy

What is the average Balke lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Balke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Balke in 1944 was 26, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Balke

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Balke 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.

Famous Balke Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name