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Origins of the Burke surname

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We have a total number of 205845 records for people with the last name Burke.

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Alternative variations of the name Burke

Burke, Burk, Birk, Birke, Berk

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Where do most Burkes live?

In 1921, most Burkes lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Burkes

How common is your surname?

368th most common surname in the UK

We have 79,200 records for the Burke surname. The oldest one dates back to 1441.

Who were Burkes most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Burke first names?

  • John
  • Thomas
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for Burkes

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Burkes in 1921




Domestic Servant




Cotton Weaver


Common Male occupations for Burkes in 1921
General Labourer


Dock Labourer




Coal Miner


Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers


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