Jennings Family History

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Jennings Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Janyn, Jenyn, a pet form of John. German: patronymic from a pet form of the personal name Johannes (see John).

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

Similar surnames: Jenning, Penning, Denning, Kenning, Henning, Jenniges, Janning

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Jennings Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Jennings name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Jennings. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Jennings Family Origin

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Jennings Family Occupations

What did your Jennings ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Jennings occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Jennings's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Jennings. A less common occupation for the Jennings family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Jennings ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Jennings Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 687,000 census records available for the last name Jennings. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jennings census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 62,000 immigration records available for the last name Jennings. 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 Card

There are 98,000 military records available for the last name Jennings. For the veterans among your Jennings ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Jennings Life Expectancy

What is the average Jennings lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Jennings life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Jennings in 1940 was 54, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Jennings ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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