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Dring Family History

Dring Surname Meaning

English: from Middle English dreng dring threng thring ‘free tenant’ (especially one holding land partly by military partly by other service) also ‘man warrior retainer vassal’. The word was borrowed into Old English from Old Norse drengr ‘young man’. The name may also be derived from the early Middle English personal name Dreng Dring (Old Norse Drengr with the same meaning as above).

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

Similar surnames: Ring, Pring, Darling, Kring, Daring, Goring, Ming, Krings, Dilg

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Where is the Dring family from?

You can see how Dring families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dring family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dring families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 252 Dring families living in Lincolnshire. This was about 18% of all the recorded Dring's in United Kingdom. Lincolnshire had the highest population of Dring families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dring surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dring ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Dring. 14% of Dring men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Dring women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dring were Carpenter 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
  • Farmer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Servant
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Dring lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Dring life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Dring in 1962 was 77, and 66 in 2004.

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