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Winkley Name Meaning

English (Lancashire and Lincolnshire): habitational name from Winkley in Mitton (Lancashire) a lost place in Sheffield (Yorkshire) recorded as Winkley in 1345 or perhaps from Winksley (Yorkshire). The Lancashire placename may derive from an earlier placename (from British vindo- ‘white’ + kaito- ‘wood’) + Old English lēah ‘wood woodland clearing’. The Yorkshire placename probably derive from an Old English personal name Wineca + Old English lēah. Americanized form of German Winkele.

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


Similar surnames: Windley, Finkley, Lindley, Bickley, Kirkley, Tinsley, Binkley, Windle

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Where is the Winkley family from?

You can see how Winkley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Winkley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Winkley families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 22 Winkley families living in New Hampshire. This was about 61% of all the recorded Winkley's in USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Winkley families in 1840.
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What did your Winkley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Winkley. 25% of Winkley men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Winkley women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Winkley were New Worker and Cook. .

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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
    25%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Mechanic
    5%
  • New Worker
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
    21%
  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Teacher
    12%
  • Cook
    9%
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Passenger Lists

There are 718 immigration records available for the last name Winkley. 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 979 military records available for the last name Winkley. For the veterans among your Winkley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Winkley lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Winkley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Winkley in 1959 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

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