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Winkler Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for someone who kept a corner shop or one who farmed a corner of land or a topographic name for someone who lived on a corner in all these senses being an agent derivative of Winkel 1 ‘corner’. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Hungary Poland Czechia and Slovenia often as a translation into German of corresponding Slavic topographic names or surnames. Americanized or Germanized form of Czech Hungarian Slovenian Slovak and Croatian Vinkler itself a Slavicized form of the German surname (see 1 above).

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


Similar surnames: Winkel, Finkle, Tinkler, Rinker, Tingler, Winkle, Winkeler, Winckler

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Where is the Winkler family from?

You can see how Winkler families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Winkler family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Winkler families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Winkler families living in North Carolina. This was about 15% of all the recorded Winkler's in USA. North Carolina and 1 other state had the highest population of Winkler families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Winkler surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Winkler ancestors do for a living?

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

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 38,000 immigration records available for the last name Winkler. 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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There are 42,000 military records available for the last name Winkler. For the veterans among your Winkler ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Winkler lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Winkler life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Winkler in 1943 was 37, and 78 in 2004.

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