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Atkinson Family History

Atkinson Name Meaning

Northern English: patronymic from the personal name Atkin.

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


Similar surnames: Watkinson, Adkinson, Atkins, Hankinson, Hawkinson, Allinson

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Where is the Atkinson family from?

You can see how Atkinson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Atkinson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Atkinson families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 10,016 Atkinson families living in Yorkshire. This was about 33% of all the recorded Atkinson's in the UK. Yorkshire had the highest population of Atkinson families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Atkinson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Atkinson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Atkinson. 7% of Atkinson men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Atkinson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Atkinson were Incapacitated and Private Means.

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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

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Farmer
    4%
  • Builders Labourer
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Census Records

There are 810,000 census records available for the last name Atkinson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Atkinson 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 80,000 immigration records available for the last name Atkinson. 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 87,000 military records available for the last name Atkinson. For the veterans among your Atkinson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Atkinson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Atkinson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Atkinson in 1940 was 59, and 75 in 2004.

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