Belknap Family History

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Belknap Name Meaning

English: probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place, the second element of which is most likely Middle English knappe ‘hilltop’.

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

Similar surnames: Beckham, Bellas, Beckman, Belke, Belnap, Bellman, Bella, Berkman

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Belknap Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Belknap name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Belknap. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Belknap Family Origin

Where is the Belknap family from?

Belknap Family Occupations

What did your Belknap ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Belknap occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Belknap's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Belknap. A less common occupation for the Belknap family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Belknap ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Belknap Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Belknap. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Belknap 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Belknap. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Belknap. For the veterans among your Belknap ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Belknap Life Expectancy

What is the average Belknap lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Belknap life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Belknap in 1944 was 42, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Belknap

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Belknap 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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