History of your Surname
Get access to Watkin family records.Start a free trial

Watkin Family History

Watkin Name Meaning

English and Welsh: from the personal name Watkin a diminutive of Walter .

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


Similar surnames: Matkin, Watling, Botkin, Larkin, Makin, Itkin, Markin, Wilkin, Haskin

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Watkin family from?

You can see how Watkin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Watkin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Watkin families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 285 Watkin families living in Yorkshire. This was about 11% of all the recorded Watkin's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Watkin families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Watkin surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Watkin ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Watkin. 11% of Watkin men worked as a Farmer and 70% of Watkin women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Watkin were Farm Labourer and Housekeeper. .

View Census Data for Watkin | Data not to scale

*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

  • Farmer
    11%
  • General Labourer
    8%
  • Incapacitated
    5%
  • Farm Labourer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    70%
  • Domestic Duties
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housekeeper
    2%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Watkin family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Watkin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Watkin census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search UK census records for Watkin

Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Watkin. 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.

View all Watkin immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Watkin. For the veterans among your Watkin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Watkin military records

You've only scratched the surface of Watkin family history

Discover More

What is the average Watkin lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Watkin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Watkin in 1954 was 39, and 86 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Watkin

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Watkin family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial