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Wilkes Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): either a variant of Wilk with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s or from the Middle English personal name Wilcus an uncommon pet form of a personal name in Wil-. The suffix is a double diminutive -k + -us the latter being used with Old English female names (compare Aldous ). So Wilcus may also be a pet form of an Old English female name such as Wilburg. Alternatively it may have been used with Norman personal names of either gender for example as a pet form of William . If Wilcus became an inherited surname it would quickly have become merged with Wilkes. Wilcus may also have been absorbed into Wildgoose . Dutch and North German: patronymic from the personal name Wilke a pet form of Will.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Wilkes family from?

You can see how Wilkes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wilkes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wilkes families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 28 Wilkes families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Wilkes's in USA. New York had the highest population of Wilkes families in 1840.
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What did your Wilkes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wilkes. 17% of Wilkes men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Wilkes women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wilkes were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
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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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