Watkins Family History

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Watkins Name Meaning

English (also frequent in Wales): patronymic from the personal name Watkin.

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

Similar surnames: Atkins, Watkinson, Hawkins, Adkins, Harkins, Matkins, Alkins, Madkins

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Watkins Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Watkins name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Watkins. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Watkins Family Origin

Where is the Watkins family from?

Watkins Family Occupations

What did your Watkins ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Watkins family was Agricultural Labourer. The most common Watkins occupation in the UK was Farmer. 7% of Watkins's were Farmers. Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Watkins.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Watkins Historical Records

What Watkins family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 703,000 census records available for the last name Watkins. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Watkins 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 103,000 immigration records available for the last name Watkins. 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 117,000 military records available for the last name Watkins. For the veterans among your Watkins ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Watkins Life Expectancy

What is the average Watkins lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Watkins life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Watkins in 1940 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Watkins 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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