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Anker Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German anker ‘anchor’, applied either as an occupational name for a smith who made ships’ anchors or as a habitational name from a house identified by an anchor. English: from the Old French personal name Anchier (see Angier). Norwegian and Swedish: probably originally a Swedish soldier’s name meaning ‘anchor’. This is the name of a powerful and influential Norwegian family, who came to Christiana (Oslo) from Sweden in 1668. Danish: from a personal name, of which the first element means ‘eagle’ and the second (probably) ‘violent’. Americanized form of northern French Anquier, from a personal name of Germanic origin (see Angier).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Anger, Asker, Ander, Auker, Banker, Acker, Mander, Aker, Ackert

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Where is the Anker family from?

You can see how Anker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Anker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Anker families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Anker families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 29% of all the recorded Anker's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Anker families in 1840.
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What did your Anker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Anker. 17% of Anker men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Anker women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Anker were Farm Laborer and Teacher.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
  • Secretary
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Anker. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Anker. For the veterans among your Anker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Anker lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Anker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Anker in 1952 was 58, and 73 in 2004.

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