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Dahnke Name Meaning

German: from a short form of the Slavic personal name Danislaw from dan- ‘gift’.

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


Similar surnames: Dahlke, Dehnke, Jahnke, Danke, Mahnke, Wanke, Denke, Ruhnke, Hahne

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Where is the Dahnke family from?

You can see how Dahnke families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dahnke family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Dahnke families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 21 Dahnke families living in Illinois. This was about 34% of all the recorded Dahnke's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Dahnke families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dahnke surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dahnke ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dahnke. 37% of Dahnke men worked as a Farmer and 37% of Dahnke women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dahnke were Machinist and Telegrapher. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    37%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Carpenter
    9%
  • Machinist
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    37%
  • Teacher
    28%
  • Clerical
    19%
  • Telegrapher
    19%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Dahnke. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dahnke 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 445 immigration records available for the last name Dahnke. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 478 military records available for the last name Dahnke. For the veterans among your Dahnke ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dahnke lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Dahnke life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Dahnke in 1954 was 52, and 78 in 2004.

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