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Birke Surname Meaning

North German: variant of Birk Compare Birkey . Germanized form of Sorbian Běrk (see Berk ) or of its cognate Běrka (see Berka ). Compare Birkey . Perhaps a shortened form of any of various Danish and Norwegian surnames beginning with Birke- for example Birkeland and Birkelund (‘birch grove’). Swedish: ornamental name derived from birk ‘birch’. Ethiopian: from the personal name Birke which is interpreted as ‘my precious’ in the Amharic language. — Note: Since Ethiopians do not have hereditary surnames this name was registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Birk, Berke, Burke, Birky, Birkel, Bark, Birkle, Bird, Birkes, Bick

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Where is the Birke family from?

You can see how Birke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Birke family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Birke families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 14 Birke families living in London. This was about 22% of all the recorded Birke's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Birke families in 1891.
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What did your Birke ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Birke. 50% of Birke men worked as an Incapacitated and 100% of Birke women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Incapacitated
    50%
  • General Labourer
    50%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    100%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Birke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Birke 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 882 immigration records available for the last name Birke. 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 Cards

There are 877 military records available for the last name Birke. For the veterans among your Birke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Birke lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Birke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Birke in 1963 was 61, and 68 in 2004.

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