Jenks Family History

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Jenks Name Meaning

English (also found in Wales): patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jenk, a back-formation from Jenkin with the removal of the supposed Anglo-Norman French diminutive suffix -in.

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

Similar surnames: Weeks, Jonas, Benis, Jeans, Jenke, Jenkins, Janes, Jens, Venus, Jesus

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Jenks Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Jenks name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Jenks. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Jenks Family Origin

Where is the Jenks family from?

Jenks Family Occupations

What did your Jenks ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Jenks family was Cariage Builder. Farmer, Laborer and Boiler Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Jenks. The most common Jenks occupation in Canada was Farmer. 34% of Jenks's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Boiler Maker

  • Cariage Builder


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Jenks ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Jenks Historical Records

What Jenks family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 67,000 census records available for the last name Jenks. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jenks census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Jenks. 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 Card

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Jenks. For the veterans among your Jenks ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Jenks Life Expectancy

What is the average Jenks lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Jenks life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Jenks in 1944 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Jenks

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Jenks ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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