Yankee Family History

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Yankee Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Dutch or North German Janke, Jahnke, or Jenke.

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

Similar surnames: Yankey, Yanke, Yank, Yahnke, Bankey, Hanke, Yonke, Yaney, Yunker

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Yankee Family Origin

Where is the Yankee family from?

Yankee Family Occupations

What did your Yankee ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Yankee family was Keeping House. Farmer, Carpenter and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Yankee. The most common Yankee occupation in the USA was Farmer. 66% of Yankee's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


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

Yankee Historical Records

What Yankee family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Yankee. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Yankee 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 121 immigration records available for the last name Yankee. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Yankee. For the veterans among your Yankee ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Yankee Life Expectancy

What is the average Yankee lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Yankee life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Yankee in 1959 was 48, and 70 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Yankee

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Yankee 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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