Schwenk Family History

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Schwenk Name Meaning

North German: variant of Schwanke. South German (mainly Württemberg, Silesia, and Bavaria): from Middle High German swenken ‘to swing or sling’, apparently a nickname, of which the original application cannot now be established.

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

Similar surnames: Schlenk, Schenk, Schwank, Schwer, Schrenk, Schieck, Schunk, Schrank

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Schwenk Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Schwenk name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Schwenk. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Schwenk Family Origin

Where is the Schwenk family from?

Schwenk Family Occupations

What did your Schwenk ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Schwenk. A less common occupation for the Schwenk family was Stone Mason. The most common Schwenk occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Schwenk's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Stone Mason


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

Schwenk Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Schwenk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schwenk 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Schwenk. 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 Schwenk. For the veterans among your Schwenk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Schwenk Life Expectancy

What is the average Schwenk lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Schwenk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Schwenk in 1943 was 46, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Schwenk

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Schwenk 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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