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Wink Surname Meaning

English:: from Middle English winke a form of winche ‘winch pulley’ (Old English wince) later developing the meaning ‘well’ presumably because a winch would have been used to extract water from a well. The surname is probably for someone who lived by a well. This may also be a topographic name for someone who lived by a sharp bend in a river or valley from a transferred sense of Middle English winke. Compare Winch perhaps also a nickname from a further transferred use of the Middle English word in sense 1 above for a lapwing (compare Middle English lapwink ‘lapwing’ Old English hlēapewince) or any bird known for its leaping and twisting flight. See Winch

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Wind, Wilk, Pink, Winks, Bink, Win, Wing, Winn, Wine, Vink

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Where is the Wink family from?

You can see how Wink families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wink family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wink families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 48 Wink families living in Suffolk. This was about 27% of all the recorded Wink's in United Kingdom. Suffolk had the highest population of Wink families in 1891.
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What did your Wink ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Painter Retired and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Wink. 34% of Wink men worked as a Painter Retired and 94% of Wink women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wink were Bricklayer and Domestic Servant. .

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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

  • Painter Retired
  • Gamekeeper
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Servant
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What is the average Wink lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Wink life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Wink in 1942 was 31, and 78 in 2004.

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