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Berkman Name Meaning

Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or in a birch wood, from Middle Dutch berke ‘birch’ + man ‘man’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Berke 4. Variant of Bergman or Bergmann.

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

Similar surnames: Barkman, Beckman, Berman, Beekman, Boeckman, Bergman, Kerkman

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Where is the Berkman family from?

You can see how Berkman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berkman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berkman families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 11 Berkman families living in Alberta. This was about 28% of all the recorded Berkman's in Canada. Alberta had the highest population of Berkman families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Berkman surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Berkman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Berkman. 17% of Berkman men worked as a Salesman and 12% of Berkman women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berkman were Laborer and Clerk.

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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

  • Salesman
  • Proprietor
  • Farmer
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Berkman. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Berkman. For the veterans among your Berkman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Berkman lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Berkman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Berkman in 1945 was 50, and 75 in 2004.

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