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Anker Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German anker ‘anchor’, applied either as an occupational name for a smith who made ships’ anchors or as a habitational name from a house identified by an anchor. English: from the Old French personal name Anchier (see Angier). Norwegian and Swedish: probably originally a Swedish soldier’s name meaning ‘anchor’. This is the name of a powerful and influential Norwegian family, who came to Christiana (Oslo) from Sweden in 1668. Danish: from a personal name, of which the first element means ‘eagle’ and the second (probably) ‘violent’. Americanized form of northern French Anquier, from a personal name of Germanic origin (see Angier).

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

Similar surnames: Anger, Asker, Ander, Auker, Banker, Acker, Mander, Aker, Ackert

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Where is the Anker family from?

You can see how Anker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Anker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Anker families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 63 Anker families living in Cambridgeshire. This was about 19% of all the recorded Anker's in United Kingdom. Cambridgeshire had the highest population of Anker families in 1891.
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What did your Anker ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farm Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Anker. 13% of Anker men worked as a Farm Labourer and 72% of Anker women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Anker were Motor Mechanic and Unpaid Household Duties. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Farm Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Gardener
  • Motor Mechanic

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Household Duties
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Anker. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Anker. For the veterans among your Anker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Anker lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Anker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Anker in 1952 was 58, and 73 in 2004.

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