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Elkin Family History

Elkin Name Meaning

English: from a pet form of Elis (see Ellis). Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Elke + the Slavic suffix -in. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): patronymic from the Yiddish male personal name Elke, a pet form of Elijah + the Slavic suffix -in.

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

Similar surnames: Belkin, Etkin, Eskin, Lakin, Temkin, Elson, Ellin, Makin, Nelkin

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Where is the Elkin family from?

You can see how Elkin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elkin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Elkin families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 21 Elkin families living in Kentucky. This was about 48% of all the recorded Elkin's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Elkin families in 1840.
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What did your Elkin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Elkin. 18% of Elkin men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Elkin women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elkin were Proprietor and Stenographer.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
  • Clerk
  • Saleslady
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Elkin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elkin 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Elkin. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Elkin. For the veterans among your Elkin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Elkin lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Elkin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Elkin in 1942 was 51, and 79 in 2004.

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