Rankin Family History

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Rankin Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: from the medieval personal name Rankin, a diminutive of Ronald or Rand, with the diminutive suffix -kin.

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

Similar surnames: Hankin, Rankine, Larkin, Mankin, Haskin, Raskin, Rank, Lakin, Rabkin

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Rankin Family Origin

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Rankin Family Occupations

What did your Rankin ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Rankin Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Rankin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rankin 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Rankin. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Rankin. For the veterans among your Rankin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rankin Life Expectancy

What is the average Rankin lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Rankin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Rankin in 1943 was 57, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rankin

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rankin 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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