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Janke Family History

Janke Name Meaning

North German and Dutch: from a pet form of Jan (see John).

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


Similar surnames: Hanke, Jank, Jahnke, Jonke, Jenke, Janka, Tanke, Janko, Janz, Yanke

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Where is the Janke family from?

You can see how Janke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Janke family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Janke families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Janke family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Janke's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Janke families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Janke surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Janke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Janke. 21% of Janke men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Janke women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Janke were Carpenter and Teacher.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Machinist
    4%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housework
    9%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Janke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Janke 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Janke. 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 Janke. For the veterans among your Janke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Janke lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Janke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Janke in 1944 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

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