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Priest Family History

Priest Name Meaning

English (mainly West Midlands): nickname from Middle English pr(i)est ‘minister of the Church’ (Old English prēost from Latin presbyter Greek presbyteros ‘elder counselor’ comparative of presbys ‘old man’). It may have denoted someone with a pious manner or possibly for someone who had played the part of a priest in a pageant. It may occasionally have been used to denote someone suspected of being the son of a priest but evidence for this is lacking.

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

Similar surnames: Crist, Pries, Priester, Press, Privett, Depriest, Prieto, Prost

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You can see how Priest families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Priest family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Priest families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 597 Priest families living in Staffordshire. This was about 16% of all the recorded Priest's in United Kingdom. Staffordshire had the highest population of Priest families in 1891.
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What did your Priest 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 Priest. 11% of Priest men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Priest women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Priest were Gardener and 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 Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Retired
  • Incapacitated
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Duties
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There are 153,000 census records available for the last name Priest. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Priest 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Priest. 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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There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Priest. For the veterans among your Priest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Priest lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Priest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Priest in 1944 was 55, and 75 in 2004.

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