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Island Surname Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of the four farmsteads so named. The origin of their name is not certain; it may be a compound of is ‘ice’ + land ‘(piece of) land farmstead’ or from Island ‘Iceland’ (the name of the country).

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

Similar surnames: Osland, Land, Ryland, Odland, Ueland, Voland, Wiland, Soland, Erland

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Where is the Island family from?

You can see how Island families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Island family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Island families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 12 Island families living in Yorkshire. This was about 30% of all the recorded Island's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Island families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Island surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Island ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Island. 100% of Island women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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 Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Island. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Island 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Island. 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 53,000 military records available for the last name Island. For the veterans among your Island ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Island lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Island life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Island in 1945 was 42, and 66 in 2004.

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