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Jahnke Name Meaning

Eastern German: from the Czech personal name Janek, a pet form of Jan, vernacular form of Latin Johannes (see John).

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


Similar surnames: Janko, Jahn, Janke, Johnke, Jenke, Dahnke, Janka, Mahnke, Jank, Hanke

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Where is the Jahnke family from?

You can see how Jahnke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jahnke family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Jahnke families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 49 Jahnke families living in Illinois. This was about 23% of all the recorded Jahnke's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Jahnke families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Jahnke surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Jahnke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Jahnke. 24% of Jahnke men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Jahnke women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jahnke were Carpenter and New Worker. .

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    13%
  • Bookkeeper
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • New Worker
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Jahnke. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Jahnke. For the veterans among your Jahnke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jahnke lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Jahnke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Jahnke in 1948 was 29, and 77 in 2004.

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