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Papke Family History

Papke Surname Meaning

North German (also Päpke): nickname from a diminutive of Low German pape Dutch paepe ‘pope’. Compare Pope .

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

Similar surnames: Pape, Paepke, Happe, Papes, Popke, Papka, Paske, Page, Pope, Papst

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Where is the Papke family from?

You can see how Papke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Papke family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Papke families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 52 Papke families living in Wisconsin. This was about 42% of all the recorded Papke's in USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Papke families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Papke surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Papke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Papke. 17% of Papke men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Papke women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Papke were Farming and Clerk. .

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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
  • Truck Driver
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Secretary
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Papke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Papke 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Papke. 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 Papke. For the veterans among your Papke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Papke lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Papke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Papke in 1958 was 57, and 79 in 2004.

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