Tanaka Family History

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Tanaka Name Meaning

Japanese: usually written with characters meaning ‘center of the rice paddy’. One of the ten most common surnames, it is particularly frequent around the city of Osaka, and is also found in the Ryukyu Islands. It is listed in the Shinsen shojiroku, but the surname is borne by many unrelated families.

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

Similar surnames: Tanabe, Tamaki, Tagawa, Tabata, Takata, Sakata, Takenaka, Nonaka

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Tanaka Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Tanaka name?

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

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  • Japan


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Italy


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Tanaka Family Origin

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Tanaka Family Occupations

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

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Tanaka Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Tanaka. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tanaka 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 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Tanaka. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Tanaka. For the veterans among your Tanaka ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Tanaka Life Expectancy

What is the average Tanaka lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Tanaka life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Tanaka in 1941 was 51, and 76 in 2004.

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