Sykes Family History

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Sykes Name Meaning

English (mainly Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived by a stream in a marsh or in a hollow, from Middle English syke ‘marshy stream’, ‘damp gully’, or a habitational name from one of the places named with this word, in Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

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

Similar surnames: Sides, Sales, Dykes, Stakes, Somes, Kyles, Sayles, Symes, Lykes

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Sykes Family Origin

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Sykes Family Occupations

What did your Sykes ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Sykes. 20% of Sykes men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Sykes women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sykes were Salesman and Lady

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Lady

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Sykes Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 415,000 census records available for the last name Sykes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sykes 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 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Sykes. 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 37,000 military records available for the last name Sykes. For the veterans among your Sykes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sykes Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Sykes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1955. The average life expectancy for Sykes in 1941 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

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