History of your Surname
Get access to Berke family records.Start a free trial

Berke Family History

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. Altered form of Swiss German Bürki: from a pet form of the personal name Burkhard (see Burkhart ). Hungarian: variant of Berkes . Slovenian: of Hungarian origin (see 3 above) or perhaps a topographic name derived from dialect berek ‘marsh with groves’ a loanword from Hungarian (compare Berkey ). Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Berke a pet form of Ber ‘bear’.

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

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

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Berke family from?

You can see how Berke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berke family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berke families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 12 Berke families living in Ontario. This was about 26% of all the recorded Berke's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Berke families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Berke surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Berke ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Berke. 27% of Berke men worked as a Farmer. .

View Census Data for Berke | Data not to scale

*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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Farmers Son
  • Miner
  • Labourer
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Berke family records will you find?

Census Records

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.

Search Canadian census records for Berke

Passenger Lists

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.

View all Berke immigration records

Draft Cards

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.

View all Berke military records

You've only scratched the surface of Berke family history

Discover More

What is the average Berke lifespan?

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Berke

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Berke family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial