Crank Family History

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Crank Name Meaning

English (chiefly Lancashire): from Middle English cranke ‘lively’, ‘lusty’, ‘vigorous’, hence a nickname for a cheerful, boisterous, or cocky person. English: nickname from cranuc, a diminutive of Middle English cran ‘crane’ (see Crane). Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Kranke, from Low German Kraneke ‘crane’, applied to someone thought to resemble the bird in some way, or a nickname for a poor physical specimen, from Middle High German kranc ‘sickly’, ‘ailing’.

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

Similar surnames: Rank, Krank, Crane, Cronk, Brack, Frank, Blank, Raak, Crask, Brand

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Crank Family Origin

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Crank Family Occupations

What did your Crank ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Crank occupation in the UK was Joiner. 5% of Crank's were Joiners. Joiner, Blacksmith and Carter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Crank. A less common occupation for the Crank family was Agricultural Labourer.

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  • Joiner

  • Blacksmith

  • Carter

  • Agricultural Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Crank ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Crank Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Crank. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Crank 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Crank. 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 Crank. For the veterans among your Crank ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Crank Life Expectancy

What is the average Crank lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Crank life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Crank in 1945 was 50, and 69 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Crank

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Crank ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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