Pinkerton Family History

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Pinkerton Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from a place near Dunbar, which is from an unexplained first element + Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. This surname has been established in Ireland since the 17th century.

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

Similar surnames: Winterton, Pinkston, Bickerton, Preston, Winton, Pemberton, Overton

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Pinkerton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pinkerton name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Pinkerton. 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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Pinkerton Family Origin

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Pinkerton Family Occupations

What did your Pinkerton ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Pinkerton occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Pinkerton's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pinkerton. A less common occupation for the Pinkerton family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming

  • Laborer


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

Pinkerton Historical Records

What Pinkerton family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Pinkerton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pinkerton 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Pinkerton. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Pinkerton. For the veterans among your Pinkerton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pinkerton Life Expectancy

What is the average Pinkerton lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Pinkerton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Pinkerton in 1945 was 49, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pinkerton 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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