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Zenk Family History

Zenk Name Meaning

South German: unflattering nickname for a quarrelsome person, from a derivative of Middle High German zenken, zanken ‘to provoke’.

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


Similar surnames: Zank, Zeck, Denk, Lenk, Wenk, Zink, Link, Beck, Senk, Zang

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Where is the Zenk family from?

You can see how Zenk families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Zenk family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Zenk families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Zenk family living in Maryland. This was about 50% of all the recorded Zenk's in USA. Maryland and 1 other state had the highest population of Zenk families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Zenk surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Zenk ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Zenk. 27% of Zenk men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Zenk women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Zenk were Farm Laborer and Housewife. .

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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
    27%
  • Laborer
    23%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Farm Laborer
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
    13%
  • Teacher
    13%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housewife
    10%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Zenk. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zenk 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 869 immigration records available for the last name Zenk. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Zenk. For the veterans among your Zenk ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Zenk lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Zenk life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Zenk in 1943 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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