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