Sankey Family History

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Sankey Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Lancashire, named with an ancient British river name, perhaps meaning ‘sacred’, ‘holy’. Irish: when not of English origin (see 1 above), a rare reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Seanchaidhe ‘son of the chronicler’, a name found in Sligo and Leitrim, which is more commonly Anglicized as Fox, as the result of an erroneous association with sionnach ‘fox’.

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

Similar surnames: Manley, Hanley, Mankey, Sander, Sinkey, Nanney, Mackey, Ganley

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Sankey Family Origin

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Sankey Family Occupations

What did your Sankey ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sankey. A less common occupation for the Sankey family was Carpenter. The most common Sankey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Sankey's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Sankey Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Sankey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sankey 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Sankey. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Sankey. For the veterans among your Sankey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sankey Life Expectancy

What is the average Sankey lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Sankey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Sankey in 1943 was 29, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sankey 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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