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Lindsay Family History

Lindsay Surname Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Lindsey in Lincolnshire England. This is first found in the form Lindissi apparently a derivative of the British name of Lincoln . To this was later added the Old English element ēg ‘island’ since the place was virtually cut off by the surrounding fenland. The surname was taken to Scotland at an early date and is the name of an important and powerful Scottish family. Irish: adopted as an equivalent of various Gaelic names (see Lindsey ).

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


Similar surnames: Lindsey, Livesay, Lindley, Linde, Linsey, Linden, Lunday, Lindau

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Where is the Lindsay family from?

You can see how Lindsay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lindsay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lindsay families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 654 Lindsay families living in Lancashire. This was about 22% of all the recorded Lindsay's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Lindsay families in 1891.
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What did your Lindsay 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 Lindsay. 10% of Lindsay men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Lindsay women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lindsay were Medical Practitioner and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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
    10%
  • Bricklayer
    6%
  • Builders Labourer
    5%
  • Medical Practitioner
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    68%
  • Private Means
    4%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
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Census Records

There are 333,000 census records available for the last name Lindsay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lindsay 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 109,000 immigration records available for the last name Lindsay. 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 54,000 military records available for the last name Lindsay. For the veterans among your Lindsay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lindsay lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lindsay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Lindsay in 1941 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

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