Yaroker Surname Etymology

Beiber Surname Dictionary

Yaroker — see Eretskij (Kanev, Kherson) T: from the village Erki (Zenigorodka d.) {Yaretskij, Yarotskij, Yaroker}Source: A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire

Yerki is a village in Zvenigorodka District, Ukraine.  It is 125km (25 walking hours) from Kanev.  Could the Yaroker family name mean, ‘that fellow from Yerki‘?

Beiber’s surname dictionary uses the Duma Voter List as a source.  The 1906 Duma List lists three Yaroker voters in Kanev.  There are many Yarokers in Kanev.  The citation of Kherson is interesting and may come from a census.  This deserves further investigation.

Cyrillic Spelling: Ярокер

The Yaroker family name is spelled Ярокер in Russian and Ярокеръ in the old style. In the 1906 Duma voter list for Kanev, there were three Yaroker voters.


1906 Duma Election Yaroker Residents from Kanev Permitted to Vote

Hebrew Spelling: ירוקר

The Yaroker name is spelled in Hebrew as: ירוקר. “Yarok”, the root of the name, is spelled יָר֫ק which means greenery, vegetable, verdu.  Perhaps the Yaroker family name is derived from forestry or farming activities.


The Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex code are:

  • 195900 197590, for Hebrew name ירוקר
  • 195900, for ‘Yaroker’
  • 195900 495900, for ‘Jaroker’
May 06th, 2013 Posted by Jon Jaroker Filed in: Kaniv, Name Dictionary, Yaroker