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Denke Name Meaning

German: from a short form of a personal name containing the Old High German element thank ‘thank’, ‘think’, ‘thought’, or a habitational name for someone from a place named Denkte, near Wolfenbüttel. Hungarian: from a pet form of any of the personal names Dénes, Demeter, or Demjén.

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


Similar surnames: Denk, Jenke, Kenkel, Lenke, Henke, Deike, Senne, Dehnke, Benke, Danke

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Where is the Denke family from?

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

What did your Denke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Denke. 44% of Denke men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Denke women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Denke were Draftsman 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
    44%
  • Farm Operator
    11%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Draftsman
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
    28%
  • Housewife
    19%
  • Saleslady
    19%
  • Teacher
    19%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Denke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Denke 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 260 immigration records available for the last name Denke. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Denke. For the veterans among your Denke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Denke lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Denke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1996, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Denke in 1965 was 59, and 71 in 2004.

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