Wenk Family History

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Wenk Name Meaning

from the Low German and Frisian personal name Weneke, a short form of any of the compound names beginning with the Old High German element wini ‘friend’. topographic name for someone who lived by a turning or bend, Middle High German wenke. from Middle Low German wenke, wenneke ‘wide woolen dress’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of such garments. nickname from Middle High German wenken ‘to stagger or waver’, probably applied to someone with a peculiar gait, or to a drinker or someone who was indecisive.

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


Similar surnames: Weck, Wenck, Beck, Denk, Wank, Penk, Reck, West, Renk, Werk

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Wenk Family Origin

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Wenk Family Occupations

What did your Wenk ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Wenk occupation in the USA was Farmer. 20% of Wenk's were Farmers. Farmer, Carpenter and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wenk. A less common occupation for the Wenk family was Miller.

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  • Farmer

    20%
  • Carpenter

    7%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Miller

    4%

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

Wenk Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Wenk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wenk 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Wenk. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Wenk. For the veterans among your Wenk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wenk Life Expectancy

What is the average Wenk lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Wenk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wenk in 1961 was 56, and 84 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wenk 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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