Canterbury Family History

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Canterbury Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Canterbury in Kent, named in Old English as Cantwaraburg ‘fortified town (burgh) of the people (wara) of Kent’.

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

Similar surnames: Waterbury, Norbury, Marbury, Winterburn, Hanbury, Astbury, Amesbury

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Canterbury Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Canterbury name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Canterbury. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Canterbury Family Origin

Where is the Canterbury family from?

Canterbury Family Occupations

What did your Canterbury ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Canterbury family was Baker Employing 1 Man. The most common Canterbury occupation in the UK was Shipwright. 15% of Canterbury's were Shipwrights. Shipwright, Labourer and Ag Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Canterbury.

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  • Shipwright

  • Labourer

  • Ag Labourer

  • Baker Employing 1 Man


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

Canterbury Historical Records

What Canterbury family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Canterbury. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Canterbury 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 Canterbury. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Canterbury. For the veterans among your Canterbury ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Canterbury Life Expectancy

What is the average Canterbury lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Canterbury life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Canterbury in 1944 was 29, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Canterbury

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Canterbury 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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