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Wilkens Name Meaning

German: variant of Wilken. English: patronymic from Wilkin.

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


Similar surnames: Wilken, Wilkins, Wilkes, Wickens, Wickers, Wickes, Wilke, Wilden

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Where is the Wilkens family from?

You can see how Wilkens families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wilkens family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wilkens families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Wilkens families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Wilkens's in USA. New York had the highest population of Wilkens families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wilkens surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wilkens ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wilkens. 21% of Wilkens men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Wilkens women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wilkens were Farm Laborer 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
    21%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Maid
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Wilkens. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Wilkens. For the veterans among your Wilkens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wilkens lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wilkens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Wilkens in 1940 was 40, and 78 in 2004.

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