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Cave Family History

Cave Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in East Yorkshire called Cave apparently from a river name derived from Old English cāf ‘swift’. English (of Norman origin): nickname from Norman and Picard Old French cauf (from Latin calvus) ‘bald’. French: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a cave from Old French cave ‘cave’ ‘cellar’ (from Latin cavea a derivative of cavus ‘hollow’).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Cane, Cava, Cape, Cade, Nave, Cage, Caye, Case, Ave, Clare

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Where is the Cave family from?

You can see how Cave families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cave family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cave families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 533 Cave families living in London. This was about 13% of all the recorded Cave's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Cave families in 1891.
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What did your Cave ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Cave. 6% of Cave men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Cave women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cave were Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
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Census Records

There are 118,000 census records available for the last name Cave. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cave census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Cave. 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 Cards

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Cave. For the veterans among your Cave ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cave lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cave life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cave in 1944 was 29, and 78 in 2004.

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