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Firkins Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): patronymic from Firkin a metonymic occupational name for a cooper or beer seller or perhaps for a heavy drinker from Middle English fir(de)kin ‘wooden cask; quarter of a barrel (as a measure of capacity)’ 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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Where is the Firkins family from?

You can see how Firkins families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Firkins family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Firkins families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Firkins family living in Illinois. This was 100% of all the recorded Firkins's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Firkins families in 1840.
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What did your Firkins ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Firkins. 37% of Firkins men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Firkins women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Firkins were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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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
    37%
  • Farmer
    27%
  • Farming
    13%
  • Truck Driver
    11%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    43%
  • Manager
    29%
  • Housekeeper
    29%
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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