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Gilkes Family History

Gilkes Name Meaning

English (Oxfordshire, Warwickshire): patronymic from a pet form of the personal name Gill.

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


Similar surnames: Wilkes, Gilkey, Giles, Wilkey, Illes, Tilkens, Wilks, Gillem, Giller

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Where is the Gilkes family from?

You can see how Gilkes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gilkes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Gilkes families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1880 there were 10 Gilkes families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 59% of all the recorded Gilkes's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gilkes families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gilkes surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gilkes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gilkes. 30% of Gilkes men worked as a Salesman and 60% of Gilkes women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gilkes were Classifier and Seamstress.

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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

  • Salesman
    30%
  • Carpenter
    30%
  • Clerk
    20%
  • Classifier
    20%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    60%
  • Seamstress
    40%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Gilkes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilkes 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 Gilkes. 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 988 military records available for the last name Gilkes. For the veterans among your Gilkes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gilkes lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Gilkes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Gilkes in 1952 was 47, and 84 in 2004.

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