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Yankey Family History

Yankey 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: Yankee, Yanke, Bankey, Yaney, Yancey, Mankey, Yahnke, Yerkey, Pankey

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Where is the Yankey family from?

You can see how Yankey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yankey family name was found in the USA between 1840 and 1920. The most Yankey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Yankey family living in Missouri. This was about 25% of all the recorded Yankey's in the USA. Missouri and 3 other states had the highest population of Yankey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Yankey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Yankey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Yankey. 28% of Yankey men worked as a Laborer and 31% of Yankey women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Yankey were Helper and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Laborer
    28%
  • Farmer
    28%
  • Farm Laborer
    11%
  • Helper
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    31%
  • Nurse
    24%
  • Stenographer
    16%
  • Housekeeper
    16%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Yankey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Yankey 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 151 immigration records available for the last name Yankey. 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 535 military records available for the last name Yankey. For the veterans among your Yankey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Yankey lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Yankey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Yankey in 1946 was 40, and 64 in 2004.

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