Black Family History

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Black Name Meaning

Scottish and English: from Middle English blak(e) ‘black’ (Old English blæc, blaca), a nickname given from the earliest times to a swarthy or dark-haired man. Scottish and English: from Old English blac ‘pale’, ‘fair’, i.e. precisely the opposite meaning to 1, and a variant of Blake 2. Blake and Black are found more or less interchangeably in several surnames and place names. English: variant of Blanc as a Norman name. The pronunciation of the nasalized vowel gave considerable difficulty to English speakers, and its quality was often ignored. Scottish and Irish: translation of various names from Gaelic dubh ‘black’ (see Duff). Danish and Swedish: generally, probably the English and Scottish name, but in some cases perhaps a variant spelling of Blak, a nickname from blak ‘black’. In some cases, a translation of various names meaning ‘black’, for example German and Jewish Schwarz.

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

Similar surnames: Back, Blick, Blake, Block, Slack, Blank, Clack, Beck, Flack, Brack

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Black Family Origin

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Black Family Occupations

What did your Black ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Black. 9% of Black men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Black women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Black were Builders Labourer and Private Means

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Farmer
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Black Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Black. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Black 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 247,000 immigration records available for the last name Black. 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 224,000 military records available for the last name Black. For the veterans among your Black ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Black Life Expectancy

What is the average Black lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Black life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Black in 1940 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Black 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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