Firkins Family History

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Firkins Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): patronymic from Firkin, a metonymic occupational name for a maker of casks and barrels, or a nickname for a stout man or a heavy drinker, from Middle English fer(de)kyn ‘small cask’ (probably from a Middle Dutch diminutive of vierde ‘fourth (part)’; as a measure of capacity a firkin was reckoned as a quarter of a barrel).

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

Similar surnames: Filkins, Hipkins, Burkins, Pinkins, Simkins, Forkin, Picking, Wilkins

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Firkins Family Origin

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Firkins Family Occupations

What did your Firkins ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Firkins family was Farming. Farmer, Conductor and Engineer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Firkins. The most common Firkins occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Firkins's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Conductor

  • Engineer

  • Farming


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Firkins Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Firkins. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Firkins census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 474 immigration records available for the last name Firkins. 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 Card

There are 635 military records available for the last name Firkins. For the veterans among your Firkins ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Firkins Life Expectancy

What is the average Firkins lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Firkins life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Firkins in 1963 was 75, and 67 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Firkins ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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