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Tonkinson Family History

Tonkinson Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): patronymic from the personal name Tonkin.

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


Similar surnames: Tomkinson, Hankinson, Tomlinson, Adkinson, Watkinson, Townson

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Where is the Tonkinson family from?

You can see how Tonkinson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tonkinson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tonkinson families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 8 Tonkinson families living in Ontario. This was about 80% of all the recorded Tonkinson's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Tonkinson families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tonkinson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tonkinson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Locksmith and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Tonkinson. 28% of Tonkinson men worked as a Locksmith and 77% of Tonkinson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tonkinson were General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic.

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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 1939

  • Locksmith
    28%
  • Labourer General
    19%
  • Drop Forging
    19%
  • General Labourer
    19%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    77%
  • Unpaid House Duties
    5%
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Tonkinson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tonkinson 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 526 immigration records available for the last name Tonkinson. 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 584 military records available for the last name Tonkinson. For the veterans among your Tonkinson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tonkinson lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Tonkinson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2004, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Tonkinson in 1960 was 56, and 51 in 2004.

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