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Berk Name Meaning

Dutch, Czech, and Polish: from a reduced form of a Germanic personal name formed with ber ‘bear’ (see Bernhard). Dutch and North German (van Berk): topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or in a birch wood, from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German berke ‘birch’. German: of Slavic (Sorbian) origin, an occupational name for a collector of taxes. Slovenian: unexplained. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Berg.

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


Similar surnames: Berke, Beck, Bark, Berg, Berka, Bork, Berko, Berl, Bern, Bero

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Berk Family Origin

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Berk Family Occupations

What did your Berk ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Berk family was Clerk. The most common Berk occupation in the UK was Butcher. 11% of Berk's were Butchers. Butcher, Charwoman and Chemical Manufacture Agricultural Merchant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Berk.

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  • Butcher

    11%
  • Charwoman

    11%
  • Chemical Manufacture Agricultural Merchant

    11%
  • Clerk

    11%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Berk ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Berk Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Berk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berk census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Berk. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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

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Berk Life Expectancy

What is the average Berk lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Berk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Berk in 1946 was 46, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Berk

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Berk ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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