Sykes Family History

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Sykes Name Meaning

English (mainly Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived by a stream in a marsh or in a hollow, from Middle English syke ‘marshy stream’, ‘damp gully’, or a habitational name from one of the places named with this word, in Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

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

Similar surnames: Sides, Sales, Dykes, Stakes, Somes, Kyles, Sayles, Symes, Lykes

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Sykes Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sykes name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Sykes Family Origin

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Sykes Family Occupations

What did your Sykes ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Sykes family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sykes. The most common Sykes occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Sykes's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Sykes Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 415,000 census records available for the last name Sykes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sykes 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 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Sykes. 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 37,000 military records available for the last name Sykes. For the veterans among your Sykes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sykes Life Expectancy

What is the average Sykes lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Sykes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1955. The average life expectancy for Sykes in 1941 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sykes 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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