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Donker Name Meaning

Dutch: nickname for someone with dark hair or a dark complexion, from Middle Dutch donker, donkel ‘dark’.

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


Similar surnames: Dunker, Jonker, Denker, Donner, Kinker, Cocker, Dunkel, Bowker, Koker

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Where is the Donker family from?

You can see how Donker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Donker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Donker families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 24 Donker families living in Michigan. This was about 39% of all the recorded Donker's in USA. Michigan had the highest population of Donker families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Donker surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Donker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Donker. 35% of Donker men worked as a Farmer and 31% of Donker women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Donker were Baker 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

  • Farmer
    35%
  • Laborer
    25%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Baker
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    31%
  • Saleslady
    24%
  • Seamstress
    16%
  • Clerk
    16%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Donker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Donker 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 Donker. 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 323 military records available for the last name Donker. For the veterans among your Donker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Donker lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Donker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Donker in 1962 was 70, and 81 in 2004.

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