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Oelfke Name Meaning

North German: pet form (diminutive) of the ancient Germanic personal name Od(w)olf or Olf.

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

Similar surnames: Oelke, Noelke, Roelke, Hilke, Oeltjen, Helmke, Felske, Oehlke, Lenke

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Where is the Oelfke family from?

You can see how Oelfke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oelfke family name was found in the USA between 1880 and 1920. The most Oelfke families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 14 Oelfke families living in Minnesota. This was about 54% of all the recorded Oelfke's in USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Oelfke families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Oelfke surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Oelfke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Oelfke. 26% of Oelfke men worked as a Farmer and 45% of Oelfke women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oelfke were Farm Laborer and Maid. .

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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
  • Farming
  • Farmming
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Maid
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What Oelfke family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 786 census records available for the last name Oelfke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oelfke 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 157 immigration records available for the last name Oelfke. 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 107 military records available for the last name Oelfke. For the veterans among your Oelfke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oelfke lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2003, in the United States, Oelfke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Oelfke in 1962 was 48, and 66 in 2003.

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