Berkey Family History

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Berkey Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Swiss German Bürki, or an altered spelling of Berke (see Berke 2). Possibly an Americanized spelling of Hungarian Berki, a habitational name from a village called Berki, in Pest county, or a topographic name from berek ‘marsh with groves’. English: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Berke, Berley, Berkes, Bergey, Burkey, Beckey, Birkey, Barkey, Berner

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Berkey Family Origin

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Berkey Family Occupations

What did your Berkey ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Domestic Servant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Berkey. 25% of Berkey men worked as a Builders Labourer and 34% of Berkey women worked as a Domestic Servant. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berkey were Wholesale Fish Merchant and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Builders Labourer
  • Fish packer
  • Traffic Execution Export import Shipper
  • Wholesale Fish Merchant

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Domestic Servant
  • Shorthand Typist
  • Unpaid Domestic

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Berkey Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Berkey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berkey 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Berkey. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Berkey. For the veterans among your Berkey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Berkey Life Expectancy

What is the average Berkey lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Berkey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Berkey in 1950 was 41, and 82 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Berkey

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Berkey 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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