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Wilks Family History

Wilks Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Wilk.

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


Similar surnames: Wilkes, Wicks, Wilk, Dilks, Wills, Wilms, Milks, Wilds, Wiles, Weeks

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Where is the Wilks family from?

You can see how Wilks families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wilks family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wilks families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 17 Wilks families living in South Carolina. This was about 11% of all the recorded Wilks's in the USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Wilks families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wilks surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wilks ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wilks. 27% of Wilks men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Wilks women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wilks were Farm Laborer and Housework.

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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
    27%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Cook
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housework
    6%
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Census Records

There are 124,000 census records available for the last name Wilks. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wilks census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Wilks. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Wilks. For the veterans among your Wilks ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wilks lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Wilks life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Wilks in 1947 was 52, and 72 in 2004.

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