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Orr Family History

Orr Name Meaning

English: from an unrecorded Middle English personal name Orre (Old Norse Orri originally a byname meaning ‘black grouse’). Scottish (southwestern): nickname from Scottish Gaelic odhar ‘dun of sallow complexion’. This surname is also common in Ireland. It was brought to Ulster from Scotland in the 17th century.

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

Similar surnames: Ore, Torr, Ord, Hoar, Ort, Mohr, Corn, Rohr, Borr, Ori

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Where is the Orr family from?

You can see how Orr families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Orr family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Orr families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 414 Orr families living in Lancashire. This was about 34% of all the recorded Orr's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Orr families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Orr surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Orr 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 Orr. 20% of Orr men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Orr women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Orr were Retired 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
  • Bank Clerk
  • Builders Labourer
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1939

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

There are 327,000 census records available for the last name Orr. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Orr 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 49,000 immigration records available for the last name Orr. 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 58,000 military records available for the last name Orr. For the veterans among your Orr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Orr lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Orr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Orr in 1944 was 32, and 75 in 2004.

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