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Bankhead Name Meaning

Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived at the top or end of a bank or hill (see Bank ) or habitational name from a place with this origin. There are several minor places in Scotland so called but the most likely source of the surname is one on the border between the parishes of Kilmarnock and Dreghorn in Ayrshire.

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


Similar surnames: Banker, Lawhead, Banfield, Anstead, Fancher, Beckstead, Basham

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Where is the Bankhead family from?

You can see how Bankhead families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bankhead family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bankhead families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Bankhead families living in South Carolina. This was about 24% of all the recorded Bankhead's in USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Bankhead families in 1840.
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What did your Bankhead ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bankhead. 27% of Bankhead men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Bankhead women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bankhead were Carpenter and Housework. .

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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
    27%
  • Farmer
    27%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    18%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housework
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 715 immigration records available for the last name Bankhead. 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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There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Bankhead. For the veterans among your Bankhead ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bankhead lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Bankhead life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Bankhead in 1942 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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