Tonkin Family History

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Tonkin Name Meaning

English (mainly Devon): from a pet form of the personal name Thomas.

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

Similar surnames: Sonkin, Tomkins, Tomlin, Jenkin, Tonks, Mankin, Hankin, Hopkin

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Tonkin Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Tonkin name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Tonkin. 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


  • European Jewish


  • Sweden


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Tonkin Family Origin

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Tonkin Family Occupations

What did your Tonkin ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Tonkin family was Keeping House. Miner, Farmer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tonkin. The most common Tonkin occupation in the USA was Miner. 25% of Tonkin's were Miners.

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  • Miner

  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House


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

Tonkin Historical Records

What Tonkin family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 51,000 census records available for the last name Tonkin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tonkin 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Tonkin. 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 Tonkin. For the veterans among your Tonkin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Tonkin Life Expectancy

What is the average Tonkin lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Tonkin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Tonkin in 1940 was 35, and 82 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Tonkin

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Tonkin 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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