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

Berks Family History

Berks Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Birks (see Birch). North German: variant of Berkes.

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


Similar surnames: Berkes, Berke, Berk, Becks, Burks, Birkes, Berns, Derks, Birks, Marks

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 Berks family from?

You can see how Berks families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berks family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berks families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 15 Berks families living in Ontario. This was about 41% of all the recorded Berks's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Berks families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Berks surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Berks ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Berks. 27% of Berks men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Berks women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berks were Mechanic and Stenographer.

View Census data for Berks | 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.

United States shown, Canada data unavailable

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    27%
  • Farmer
    25%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Mechanic
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Cook
    14%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Housework
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Berks family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Berks. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berks census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Canadian census records for Berks

Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Berks. 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 Berks immigration records

Draft Cards

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

View all Berks military records

You've only scratched the surface of Berks family history.

Discover More

What is the average Berks lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Berks life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Berks in 1957 was 52, and 95 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Berks

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Berks family tree

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