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Clinch Family History

Clinch Name Meaning

habitational name from a place in Wiltshire named Clench, from Old English clenc ‘lump’, ‘hill’, which seems also to have been used of a patch of dry raised ground in fenland surroundings. In some cases the surname may be of topographic origin. metonymic occupational name for a maker or fixer of bolts and rivets, from Middle English clinch, clench ‘door nail secured by riveting or clinching’, from clench(en) ‘to fix firmly’.

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


Similar surnames: Lynch, Winch, Finch, Clint, Clines, Leach, Pinch, Blanch, Hinch, Lich

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Where is the Clinch family from?

You can see how Clinch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clinch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clinch families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 9 Clinch families living in New York. This was about 53% of all the recorded Clinch's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Clinch families in 1840.
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What did your Clinch ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Clinch. 17% of Clinch men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Clinch women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clinch were Machinist and Clerk.

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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
    17%
  • Salesman
    16%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Machinist
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Teacher
    13%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Clinch. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Clinch. For the veterans among your Clinch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Clinch lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Clinch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Clinch in 1951 was 23, and 76 in 2004.

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