Captain Family History

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Captain Name Meaning

Probably an Americanized form of French Capitaine, from Old French capitaine ‘head’, ‘chief’, ‘principal’ (from Latin capitaneus), or of any of the various cognates, such as Italian Capitani, or German Kapitan, all of which were used in similar way to denote a high-ranking official, a headman, or a person of military rank.

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

Similar surnames: Cantlin, Chastain, Mastin, Caplin, Cantin, Certain, Pappan, Caplan

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Captain Family Origin

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Captain Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Captain occupation in the UK was Fisherman. 100% of Captain's were Fishermans.

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Captain Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Captain. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Captain 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

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Draft Card

There are 89,000 military records available for the last name Captain. For the veterans among your Captain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Captain Life Expectancy

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Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Captain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Captain in 1961 was 50, and 78 in 2004.

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