Tinker Family History

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Tinker Name Meaning

English (mainly Yorkshire): occupational name for a mender of pots and pans, Middle English tink(l)er (of uncertain etymology).

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

Similar surnames: Tinner, Tinkler, Tinder, Rinker, Hiner, Vicker, Wicker, Kinker

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Tinker Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Tinker name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Tinker Family Origin

Where is the Tinker family from?

Tinker Family Occupations

What did your Tinker ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Tinker occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Tinker's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Tinker family was Annuitant. Farmer, Coal Miner and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tinker.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Annuitant


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

Tinker Historical Records

What Tinker family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Tinker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tinker 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Tinker. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Tinker. For the veterans among your Tinker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Tinker Life Expectancy

What is the average Tinker lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Tinker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Tinker in 1952 was 51, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Tinker

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Tinker 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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