Wilkes Family History

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Wilkes Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Wilk. Frisian: from a pet form of the personal name Will.

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

Similar surnames: Wilkey, Gilkes, Wilks, Wilmes, Wilken, Wilke, Wickes, Hilke, Tilkens

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Wilkes Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wilkes name?

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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Wilkes Family Origin

Where is the Wilkes family from?

Wilkes Family Occupations

What did your Wilkes ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Wilkes occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Wilkes's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Wilkes family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wilkes.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Wilkes Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 149,000 census records available for the last name Wilkes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wilkes 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Wilkes. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Wilkes. For the veterans among your Wilkes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wilkes Life Expectancy

What is the average Wilkes lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wilkes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Wilkes in 1940 was 30, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wilkes 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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