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Forkin Surname Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form (quasi-translation) of Gaelic Ó Gabhláin a name from a diminutive of gabhal ‘fork’. See Fork North German: possibly a nickname for a hog farmer or an unkempt person from Middle Low German verken ‘piglet’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Larkin, Morken, Harkin, Durkin, Corbin, Orkin, Forman, Sorkin

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Where is the Forkin family from?

You can see how Forkin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Forkin family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Forkin families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 9 Forkin families living in Quebec. This was about 56% of all the recorded Forkin's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Forkin families in 1911.
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What did your Forkin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Forkin. 52% of Forkin men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Forkin women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Forkin were Miner and Maid. .

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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

  • Laborer
    52%
  • New Worker
    13%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Miner
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    24%
  • Retired
    16%
  • Waitress
    16%
  • Maid
    16%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 620 immigration records available for the last name Forkin. 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 486 military records available for the last name Forkin. For the veterans among your Forkin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Forkin lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Forkin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Forkin in 1953 was 49, and 79 in 2004.

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