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Jenks Name Meaning

English (also found in Wales): patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jenk, a back-formation from Jenkin with the removal of the supposed Anglo-Norman French diminutive suffix -in.

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


Similar surnames: Weeks, Jonas, Benis, Jeans, Jenke, Jenkins, Janes, Jens, Venus, Jesus

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Where is the Jenks family from?

You can see how Jenks families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jenks family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jenks families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 87 Jenks families living in New York. This was about 32% of all the recorded Jenks's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Jenks families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Jenks surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Jenks ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Jenks. 15% of Jenks men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Jenks women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jenks were Carpenter and Clerk.

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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
    15%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 67,000 census records available for the last name Jenks. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jenks 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 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Jenks. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Jenks. For the veterans among your Jenks ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jenks lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Jenks life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Jenks in 1944 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

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