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Rinkel Name Meaning

metonymic occupational name for a buckle maker, from a diminutive of Middle High German rinke ‘buckle’, ‘clasp’. variant of Ringel.

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

Similar surnames: Rinker, Ringel, Dinkel, Finkel, Winkel, Zirkel, Zindel, Rinner

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Where is the Rinkel family from?

You can see how Rinkel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rinkel family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Rinkel families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Rinkel family living in Tennessee. This was 100% of all the recorded Rinkel's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Rinkel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rinkel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rinkel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rinkel. 28% of Rinkel men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Rinkel women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rinkel were Carpenter and Servant.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
  • Servant
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Rinkel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rinkel 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 530 immigration records available for the last name Rinkel. 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 385 military records available for the last name Rinkel. For the veterans among your Rinkel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rinkel lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Rinkel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Rinkel in 1950 was 53, and 91 in 2004.

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