Yancey Family History

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Yancey Name Meaning

Americanized form of Dutch Jansen (final -n is silent in some dialects of Dutch).

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

Similar surnames: Yaney, Yankey, Yankee, Tacey, Yanke, Baney, Lancey, Hance, Nacey

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Yancey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Yancey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Yancey. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Yancey Family Origin

Where is the Yancey family from?

Yancey Family Occupations

What did your Yancey ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Yancey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Yancey's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Yancey family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Yancey.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Yancey Historical Records

What Yancey family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Yancey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Yancey 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Yancey. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Yancey. For the veterans among your Yancey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Yancey Life Expectancy

What is the average Yancey lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Yancey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Yancey in 1944 was 69, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Yancey

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Yancey 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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