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Douglass Family History

Douglass Name Meaning

Scottish: variant spelling of Douglas.

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

Similar surnames: Douglas, Dougal, Dougan, Dunlay, Foulds, Doudna, Foulkes, Duguay

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Where is the Douglass family from?

You can see how Douglass families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Douglass family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Douglass families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 569 Douglass families living in Durham. This was about 35% of all the recorded Douglass's in the UK. Durham had the highest population of Douglass families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Douglass surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Douglass ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Douglass. 14% of Douglass men worked as a General Labourer and 78% of Douglass women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Douglass were Motor Driver and Housekeeper.

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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

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Incapacitated
  • Motor Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 202,000 census records available for the last name Douglass. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Douglass 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Douglass. 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 34,000 military records available for the last name Douglass. For the veterans among your Douglass ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Douglass lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Douglass life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Douglass in 1941 was 31, and 77 in 2004.

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