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Rinker Family History

Rinker Name Meaning

occupational name for a buckle maker, from an agent derivative of Middle High German rinke ‘buckle’. from an old personal name based on hring ‘ring’.

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


Similar surnames: Rinkel, Ringer, Kinker, Rinner, Winker, Wicker, Risner, Rinder

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Where is the Rinker family from?

You can see how Rinker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rinker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rinker families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 36 Rinker families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 47% of all the recorded Rinker's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Rinker families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rinker surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rinker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rinker. 20% of Rinker men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Rinker women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rinker were Carpenter 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

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Rinker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rinker 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Rinker. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Rinker. For the veterans among your Rinker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rinker lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Rinker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Rinker in 1944 was 34, and 72 in 2004.

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