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Tonkin Family History

Tonkin Name Meaning

English (Cornwall): variant of Tomkin (see Tomkins ) where /m/ has developed to /ŋ/ before /k/. Compare Sincock as a variant of Simcock .

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


Similar surnames: Sonkin, Tomkins, Tomlin, Jenkin, Tonks, Mankin, Hankin, Hopkin

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Where is the Tonkin family from?

You can see how Tonkin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tonkin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tonkin families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Tonkin family living in New Hampshire. This was about 50% of all the recorded Tonkin's in USA. New Hampshire and 1 other state had the highest population of Tonkin families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tonkin surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tonkin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Tonkin. 21% of Tonkin men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Tonkin women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tonkin were Manager and Bookkeeper. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Manager
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    10%
  • Saleslady
    10%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
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Census Records

There are 51,000 census records available for the last name Tonkin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tonkin 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Tonkin. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Tonkin. For the veterans among your Tonkin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tonkin lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Tonkin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Tonkin in 1940 was 35, and 82 in 2004.

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