Bristol Family History

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Bristol Name Meaning

English: variant of Bristow, respelled to conform to the spelling of the modern place name.

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

Similar surnames: Bristow, Bristor, Brewton, Brister, Brison, Britton, Ristow, Gritton

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Bristol Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bristol name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bristol. 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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Bristol Family Origin

Where is the Bristol family from?

Bristol Family Occupations

What did your Bristol ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bristol family was Annuitant. Labourer, Farmer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bristol. The most common Bristol occupation in the UK was Labourer. 7% of Bristol's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Annuitant


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

Bristol Historical Records

What Bristol family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Bristol. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bristol 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Bristol. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Bristol. For the veterans among your Bristol ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bristol Life Expectancy

What is the average Bristol lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Bristol life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Bristol in 1944 was 66, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bristol

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bristol 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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