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Dad Family History

Dad Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.

Similar surnames: Day, Daw, Dai, Dade, Dax, Das, Dar, Lad, Rad, Gad

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Where is the Dad family from?

You can see how Dad families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dad family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dad families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there was 1 Dad family living in Kent. This was about 50% of all the recorded Dad's in United Kingdom. Kent and 1 other county had the highest population of Dad families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dad surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dad ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farm Laborer and Servant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dad. 50% of Dad men worked as a Farm Laborer and 60% of Dad women worked as a Servant. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dad were Farmer and Cook. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farm Laborer
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Servant
  • Cook
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What Dad family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 964 census records available for the last name Dad. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dad census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 272 immigration records available for the last name Dad. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Dad. For the veterans among your Dad ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dad lifespan?

Between 1967 and 1999, in the United States, Dad life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1989, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Dad in 1967 was 75, and 80 in 1999.

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