Belgrave Family History

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Belgrave Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Leicestershire, recorded in Domesday Book as Merdegrave. The original name derived from Old English mearð ‘marten’ + graf ‘grove’, but after the Norman Conquest the first element was taken to be Old French merde ‘dung’, ‘filth’, and changed to Old French beu, bel ‘fair’, ‘lovely’, to remove the unpleasant association. A mid 12th-century writer refers to the place as ‘Merthegrave, nunc (now) Belegrava’.

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

Similar surnames: Seagrave, Beaver, Grave, Colgrove, Bellerive, Blake, Hargrave

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Belgrave Family Origin

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Belgrave Family Occupations

What did your Belgrave ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Belgrave occupation in the UK was Capt 97 Reg H Adjutant 4 Kent R G Vol. 14% of Belgrave's were Capt 97 Reg H Adjutant 4 Kent R G Vols. A less common occupation for the Belgrave family was Income From Land And Interest. Capt 97 Reg H Adjutant 4 Kent R G Vol, Charwoman and Commercial Traveller (Stationers) were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Belgrave.

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  • Capt 97 Reg H Adjutant 4 Kent R G Vol

  • Charwoman

  • Commercial Traveller (Stationers)

  • Income From Land And Interest


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Belgrave Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Belgrave. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Belgrave census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Belgrave. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 379 military records available for the last name Belgrave. For the veterans among your Belgrave ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Belgrave Life Expectancy

What is the average Belgrave lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Belgrave life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Belgrave in 1958 was 53, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Belgrave ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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