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Nelkin Name Meaning

Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): Slavicized form of ornamental name from German Nelken ‘cloves’, ‘carnation’.

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


Similar surnames: Belkin, Elkin, Etkin, Henkin, Peskin, Zeldin, Belin, Temkin, Meskin

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Where is the Nelkin family from?

You can see how Nelkin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nelkin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Nelkin families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 5 Nelkin families living in Louisiana. This was about 71% of all the recorded Nelkin's in the USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Nelkin families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Nelkin surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Nelkin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Proprietor and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Nelkin. 34% of Nelkin men worked as a Proprietor and 50% of Nelkin women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nelkin were Sales Agent 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

  • Proprietor
    34%
  • Owner
    23%
  • Dealer
    23%
  • Sales Agent
    23%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
    50%
  • Clerk
    50%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Nelkin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nelkin 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 481 immigration records available for the last name Nelkin. 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 119 military records available for the last name Nelkin. For the veterans among your Nelkin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nelkin lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Nelkin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Nelkin in 1941 was 39, and 86 in 2004.

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