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Jenkins Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Jenkin. Jenkins is one of the most common names in England, especially southwestern England, but is also especially associated with Wales.

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


Similar surnames: Jenkinson, Junkins, Jinkins, Jenkin, Jenks, Junkin, Perkins, Judkins

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Where is the Jenkins family from?

You can see how Jenkins families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jenkins family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jenkins families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 9,947 Jenkins families living in Glamorgan. This was about 29% of all the recorded Jenkins's in the UK. Glamorgan had the highest population of Jenkins families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Jenkins surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Jenkins 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 Jenkins. 6% of Jenkins men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Jenkins women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jenkins were Builders Labourer and Domestic 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

  • General Labourer
    6%
  • Colliery Hewer
    4%
  • Farmer
    4%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    64%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Domestic Duties
    2%
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Jenkins. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jenkins 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 129,000 immigration records available for the last name Jenkins. 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 197,000 military records available for the last name Jenkins. For the veterans among your Jenkins ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jenkins lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Jenkins life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Jenkins in 1941 was 29, and 72 in 2004.

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