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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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Anker Family Origin

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Anker Family Occupations

What did your Anker ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Anker occupation in the UK was Farmer. 7% of Anker's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Anker family was Needle Stamper. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Ag. Lab. were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Anker.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Ag. Lab.

  • Needle Stamper


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Anker Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Anker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Anker 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 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 Card

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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Anker Life Expectancy

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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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