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Henderson Family History

Henderson Name Meaning

English and Scottish: usually from Middle English and Older Scots Hener(i)son ‘Henry's son’ occasionally from Middle English Hendeson ‘son of Hen’ a pet form of Henry both with an intrusive -d-. Compare Hendrie . In Scotland Henderson was sometimes substituted for McKendrick .

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

Similar surnames: Enderson, Anderson, Sanderson, Fenderson, Ingerson, Mendelson

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Where is the Henderson family from?

You can see how Henderson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Henderson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Henderson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 3,714 Henderson families living in Durham. This was about 25% of all the recorded Henderson's in United Kingdom. Durham had the highest population of Henderson families in 1891.
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What did your Henderson 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 Henderson. 9% of Henderson men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Henderson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Henderson were Incapacitated and Incapacitated. .

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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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

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

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Henderson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Henderson 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 210,000 immigration records available for the last name Henderson. 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 225,000 military records available for the last name Henderson. For the veterans among your Henderson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Henderson lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Henderson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Henderson in 1941 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

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