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Nilges Name Meaning

North German: from a reduced and altered pet form of the personal name Cornelius.

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


Similar surnames: Niles, Wilmes, Tigges, Kilgus, Thilges, Files, Nilsen, Nies, Nelles

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Where is the Nilges family from?

You can see how Nilges families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nilges family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Nilges families were found in USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 36 Nilges families living in Missouri. This was about 80% of all the recorded Nilges's in USA. Missouri had the highest population of Nilges families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Nilges surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Nilges ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Nilges. 36% of Nilges men worked as a Farmer and 45% of Nilges women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nilges were Manager 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
    36%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Farm Laborer
    14%
  • Manager
    11%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    45%
  • Housekeeper
    34%
  • Teacher
    23%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Nilges. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nilges 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 57 immigration records available for the last name Nilges. 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 306 military records available for the last name Nilges. For the veterans among your Nilges ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nilges lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Nilges life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Nilges in 1965 was 81, and 76 in 2004.

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