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Berka Surname Meaning

German: habitational name from any of several places called Berka named with ancient Germanic birka ‘birch tree’ notably in Hesse and Thuringia. Czech Slovak and Polish: from a pet form of the personal name Bernard . Czech: nickname from berka ‘robber’. Sorbian (Běrka): occupational name for a collector of taxes a variant of Běrk (see Berk ). It is found mainly in Germanized forms such as Birke . Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal names Bertalan and Bernát Hungarian forms of Bartholomew and Bernard respectively.

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

Similar surnames: Berko, Bera, Berke, Berk, Belka, Berta, Berna, Berto, Bern, Barta

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Where is the Berka family from?

You can see how Berka families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berka family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Berka families were found in USA in 1920. In 1871 there was 1 Berka family living in Ayrshire. This was 100% of all the recorded Berka's in Scotland. Ayrshire had the highest population of Berka families in 1871.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Berka surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Berka ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Berka. 23% of Berka men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Berka women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berka were Farm Laborer and Housewife. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Machinist
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • New Worker
  • Operator
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Berka. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Berka 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 922 immigration records available for the last name Berka. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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

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What is the average Berka lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Berka life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Berka in 1961 was 60, and 83 in 2004.

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