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Jens Name Meaning

North German: from the personal name Jens, a reduced form of Johannes (see John).

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


Similar surnames: Jons, Jans, Sens, Joens, Rens, Gens, Beins, Bens, Janos, Heis

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Where is the Jens family from?

You can see how Jens families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jens family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jens families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Jens family living in Mississippi. This was about 25% of all the recorded Jens's in the USA. Mississippi and 3 other states had the highest population of Jens families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Jens surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Jens ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Jens. 28% of Jens men worked as a Farmer and 32% of Jens women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jens were Farm Laborer and Secretary.

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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
    28%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Carpenter
    8%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    32%
  • Stenographer
    23%
  • Maid
    19%
  • Secretary
    10%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Jens. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jens 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Jens. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Jens. For the veterans among your Jens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jens lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Jens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Jens in 1957 was 56, and 85 in 2004.

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