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Jennings Family History

Jennings Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Janyn, Jenyn, a pet form of John. German: patronymic from a pet form of the personal name Johannes (see John).

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


Similar surnames: Jenning, Penning, Denning, Kenning, Henning, Jenniges, Janning

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Where is the Jennings family from?

You can see how Jennings families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jennings family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jennings families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,743 Jennings families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Jennings's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Jennings families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Jennings surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Jennings ancestors do for a living?

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

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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%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 62,000 immigration records available for the last name Jennings. 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 98,000 military records available for the last name Jennings. For the veterans among your Jennings ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jennings lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Jennings life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Jennings in 1940 was 54, and 73 in 2004.

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