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Denk Name Meaning

from a short form of the personal name Dankwart, from Old High German thank ‘think’, ‘thank’, ‘thought’ + wart ‘guardian’. South German: nickname for a left-handed or clumsy person, from Middle High German tenk ‘left’. variant of Denke.

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


Similar surnames: Denke, Wenk, Deck, Zenk, Penk, Lenk, Senk, Beck, Denz, Renk

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Where is the Denk family from?

You can see how Denk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Denk family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Denk families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Denk family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Denk's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Denk families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Denk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Denk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Denk. 20% of Denk men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Denk women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Denk were Machinist and Waitress.

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Farm Laborer
    6%
  • Machinist
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    13%
  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Waitress
    13%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Denk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Denk 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Denk. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Denk. For the veterans among your Denk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Denk lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Denk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Denk in 1950 was 37, and 84 in 2004.

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