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Townsend Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived at the extremity of a village, from Middle English toun ‘village’, ‘settlement’ + ende ‘end’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Towne, Townley, Towner, Downen, Towse, Townson, Townshend, Rowland

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Where is the Townsend family from?

You can see how Townsend families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Townsend family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Townsend families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,152 Townsend families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Townsend's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Townsend families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Townsend surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Townsend 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 Townsend. 8% of Townsend men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Townsend women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Townsend were Gardener 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
    8%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    3%
  • Gardener
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

There are 560,000 census records available for the last name Townsend. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Townsend 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 50,000 immigration records available for the last name Townsend. 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 94,000 military records available for the last name Townsend. For the veterans among your Townsend ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Townsend lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Townsend life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Townsend in 1940 was 51, and 73 in 2004.

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