Burke Family History

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Burke Name Meaning

Irish (of Anglo-Norman origin): habitational name from Burgh in Suffolk, England. This is named with Old English burh ‘fortification’, ‘fortified manor’. Norwegian: Americanized form of Børke, a habitational name from any of eight farms in southeastern Norway, named with Old Norse birki ‘birch wood’. German: variant of Burk.

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

Similar surnames: Burk, Berke, Birke, Burge, Burden, Buske, Turk, Duke, Burse, Buren

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Burke Family Origin

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Burke Family Occupations

What did your Burke ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Tailor and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Burke. The most common Burke occupation in the UK was Labourer. 7% of Burke's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Burke family was Charwoman.

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  • Labourer

  • Tailor

  • Coal Miner

  • Charwoman


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Burke Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 794,000 census records available for the last name Burke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burke 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 150,000 immigration records available for the last name Burke. 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 163,000 military records available for the last name Burke. For the veterans among your Burke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Burke Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Burke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Burke in 1940 was 31, and 75 in 2004.

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