Plank Family History

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Plank Name Meaning

English (chiefly Berkshire): from Middle English planke ‘plank’ (Late Latin planca). It is not clear how this word was applied as a surname: it may be a topographic name for someone who lived near a plank bridge over a stream, a metonymic occupational name for a carpenter, or a nickname for a thin person. North German: nickname for a cantankerous person, from Middle Low German plank ‘quarrel’, ‘discord’. North German: metonymic occupational name from Middle Low German plank ‘measure for liquids’. South German: topographic name from Middle High German plank ‘plank’, ‘palisade’. South German: nickname for a fair-haired person, from a variant of Middle High German blanc ‘light’, ‘shining’.

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

Similar surnames: Plack, Blank, Lank, Plant, Pan, Place, Slack, Plate, Platt, Plass

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Plank Ethnicity Estimate

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Plank Family Origin

Where is the Plank family from?

Plank Family Occupations

What did your Plank ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Blacksmith and Boiler Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Plank. A less common occupation for the Plank family was Gentleman. The most common Plank occupation in Canada was Farmer. 44% of Plank's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Blacksmith

  • Boiler Maker

  • Gentleman


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

Plank Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 44,000 census records available for the last name Plank. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Plank 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Plank. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Plank. For the veterans among your Plank ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Plank Life Expectancy

What is the average Plank lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Plank life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Plank in 1948 was 59, and 79 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Plank 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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