Skip to content
  • Start your family tree

Origins of the O'Rourke surname

A collage of historical images including two family portraits and a postcard of people boarding a ship

About the O'Rourkes

We have a total number of 26156 records for people with the last name O'Rourke.

Find out more about your family in our records

or try an advanced search

I’ve managed to trace back to the mid-1500s! I can’t believe it! Utterly engrossing and I have uncovered some quite moving and heartbreaking stories attached to various ancestors. You don’t need any qualifications to start - just time patience, and some information.

SS
Stuart
TrustPilot review
1 of 3

Start your family tree

Trace your family back in time. Make new discoveries and see what other Findmypast family historians in our genealogy community have discovered about the O'Rourkes.

Sign up to get started

Delve deeper into the O'Rourke family's history

Where do most O'Rourkes live?

In 1921, most O'Rourkes lived in London.


Census records trace your ancestors through each generation, so you can follow where your relatives lived through each decade.

Interesting facts about O'Rourkes

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 6,460 records for the O'Rourke surname. The oldest one dates back to 1848.

Who were O'Rourkes most likely to marry?

O Rourkes

&

Orourkes

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married O'Rourkes.

What are the most common O'Rourke first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

Our birth record sets tell us the names of O'Rourke family members

Common jobs for O'Rourkes

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

Common Female occupations for O'Rourkes in 1921
Dressmaker

26

Hawker

22

Cotton Weaver

21

General Servant Domestic

16

Charwoman

14

Common Male occupations for O'Rourkes in 1921
Coal Miner

48

General Labourer

46

Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers

39

Tailor

31

Tinsmiths

24

An image of a census transcript and a picture of a dairy farmer holding two milk jugs

Census records provide incredible detail on names, ages, marital statuses, occupations and more.

We found over 15,000 family trees with the O'Rourke surname

Trace your family back in time and see what other Findmypast family historians in our genealogy community have discovered about the O'Rourkes.

Search for a relative in our family trees

Share your discoveries

Start your family history journey

Start free trial

Start free trial