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Zenker Family History

Zenker Name Meaning

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

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


Similar surnames: Zenner, Denker, Zenger, Benner, Lenker, Zunker, Zeiler, Senner

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Where is the Zenker family from?

You can see how Zenker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Zenker family name was found in the USA between 1880 and 1920. The most Zenker families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 6 Zenker families living in Maryland. This was about 25% of all the recorded Zenker's in USA. Maryland and 1 other state had the highest population of Zenker families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Zenker surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Zenker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Zenker. 21% of Zenker men worked as a Laborer and 31% of Zenker women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Zenker were Mechanic and Teacher. .

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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
    21%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Mechanic
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Operator
    31%
  • Saleslady
    31%
  • Clerk
    24%
  • Teacher
    16%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Zenker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zenker 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Zenker. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Zenker. For the veterans among your Zenker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Zenker lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Zenker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Zenker in 1962 was 41, and 83 in 2004.

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