Charleston Family History

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Charleston Name Meaning

English: patronymic (with intrusive -t-) from the personal name Charles. The various places called Charleston are all of recent origin, so they are unlikely to be the source of the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Charleson, Charlton, Harston, Charles, Charton, Hazleton, Carlton

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Charleston Family Origin

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Charleston Family Occupations

What did your Charleston ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Cotton Weaver and Farm Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Charleston. The most common Charleston occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Charleston's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Charleston family was Waterman.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Cotton Weaver

  • Farm Servant

  • Waterman


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

Charleston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Charleston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Charleston 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Charleston. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Charleston. For the veterans among your Charleston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Charleston Life Expectancy

What is the average Charleston lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Charleston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Charleston in 1941 was 37, and 69 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Charleston

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Charleston 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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