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Tinker Name Meaning

English (mainly Yorkshire): occupational name for a mender of pots and pans, Middle English tink(l)er (of uncertain etymology).

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

Similar surnames: Tinner, Tinkler, Tinder, Rinker, Hiner, Vicker, Wicker, Kinker

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Where is the Tinker family from?

You can see how Tinker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tinker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tinker families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 31 Tinker families living in New York. This was about 18% of all the recorded Tinker's in USA. New York had the highest population of Tinker families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tinker surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tinker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Tinker. 20% of Tinker men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Tinker women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tinker were Truck Driver and Maid. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Tinker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tinker 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Tinker. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Tinker. For the veterans among your Tinker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tinker lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Tinker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Tinker in 1952 was 51, and 73 in 2004.

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