Berke Family History

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Berke Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or birch grove, Middle Low German berke. In Westphalia Berke, Birke also means ‘brook’, ‘stream’, and in some cases it may have been a topographic name for someone who lived by a stream. German: possibly a variant of Berka. Altered spelling of Swiss German Bürki, from a pet form of the personal name Burkhard (see Burkhart). Dutch: variant of Berk. Slovenian: unexplained. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Berke, a pet form of Ber.

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

Similar surnames: Berk, Berkes, Berko, Berkey, Beck, Berge, Belke, Berka, Borke, Berne

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Berke Family Origin

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Berke Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Berke occupation in Canada was Cabinet Maker. 100% of Berke's were Cabinet Makers.

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  • Cabinet Maker


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Berke Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Berke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berke 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Berke. 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.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Berke. For the veterans among your Berke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Berke Life Expectancy

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Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Berke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Berke in 1947 was 26, and 81 in 2004.

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