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Tilkens Family History

Tilkens Name Meaning

Dutch: patronymic from a pet form of the personal name Til, Tijl, of Germanic origin (see Thiel 1).

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

Similar surnames: Likens, Mickens, Filkins, Gilkes, Nickens, Wilkes, Tieken, Willens

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Where is the Tilkens family from?

You can see how Tilkens families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tilkens family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1891 and 1920. The most Tilkens families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 11 Tilkens families living in Wisconsin. This was about 50% of all the recorded Tilkens's in the USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Tilkens families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tilkens surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tilkens ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the US named Tilkens. 45% of Tilkens men worked as a Laborer.

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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
  • Bartender
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Census Records

There are 444 census records available for the last name Tilkens. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tilkens 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 27 immigration records available for the last name Tilkens. 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 104 military records available for the last name Tilkens. For the veterans among your Tilkens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tilkens lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Tilkens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Tilkens in 1965 was 66, and 72 in 2004.

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