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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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Where is the Yankee family from?

You can see how Yankee families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yankee family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Yankee families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Yankee families living in Kentucky. This was about 50% of all the recorded Yankee's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Yankee families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Yankee surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Yankee ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Yankee. 39% of Yankee men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Yankee women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Yankee were Farm Laborer and House Keeper.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Machinist
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • House Keeper
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What Yankee family records will you find?

Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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