Durkin Family History

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Durkin Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Duarcáin ‘son of Duarcán’, a byname representing a diminutive of duairc ‘surly’. Polish: from Russian Durkin, from durak ‘fool’, ‘idiot’.

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

Similar surnames: Durnin, Dunkin, Murrin, Duffin, Duskin, Gurkin, Durkan, Durgin, Dulin

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Durkin Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Durkin name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Durkin. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Durkin Family Origin

Where is the Durkin family from?

Durkin Family Occupations

What did your Durkin ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Durkin family was Masons Labourer. The most common Durkin occupation in the UK was Labourer. 10% of Durkin's were Labourers. Labourer, Hawker and Housekeeper were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Durkin.

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  • Labourer

  • Hawker

  • Housekeeper

  • Masons Labourer


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

Durkin Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Durkin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Durkin 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Durkin. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Durkin. For the veterans among your Durkin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Durkin Life Expectancy

What is the average Durkin lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Durkin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Durkin in 1944 was 28, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Durkin 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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