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Berkes Name Meaning

North German: topographic name for someone who lived on a hill shortened from Berg-hūs (Berg ‘mountain hill’ + Low German hūs ‘house’). It is a variant of Berkus or Berges . Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal names Bernát or Bertalan Hungarian forms of Bernard and Bartholomew respectively. English: variant of Birks .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Berke, Berkey, Berks, Perkes, Berko, Berner, Birkes, Berges, Berte

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Where is the Berkes family from?

You can see how Berkes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berkes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berkes families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 6 Berkes families living in British Columbia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Berkes's in Canada. British Columbia and 1 other province had the highest population of Berkes families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Berkes surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Berkes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Berkes. 17% of Berkes men worked as a Farmer and 38% of Berkes women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berkes were Labor and Stenographer. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Labor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Berkes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berkes 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 763 immigration records available for the last name Berkes. 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 Cards

There are 504 military records available for the last name Berkes. For the veterans among your Berkes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berkes lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Berkes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Berkes in 1958 was 52, and 61 in 2004.

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