Civil Family History

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Civil Name Meaning

French, Catalan, and Spanish: nickname from civil, from Latin civilis ‘civil’, ‘of or pertaining to a citizen’, by extension ‘cultivated’, ‘educated’. However, in Spanish the term also meant ‘wicked’ or ‘rude’ and the nickname may have come from either of these senses. Catalan: topographic name from Old French sevil ‘fence’, ‘enclosure’.

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

Similar surnames: Sivils, Cail, Gil, Savel, Cain, Cirilo, Cecil, Cilia, Sibila, Covin

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Civil Family Origin

Where is the Civil family from?

Civil Family Occupations

What did your Civil ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Painter, Shipwright and Tanner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Civil. The most common Civil occupation in the UK was Painter. 13% of Civil's were Painters. A less common occupation for the Civil family was (Iron) Foundryman.

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  • Painter

  • Shipwright

  • Tanner

  • (Iron) Foundryman


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

Civil Historical Records

What Civil family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Civil. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Civil census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Civil

Passenger List

There are 411 immigration records available for the last name Civil. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Civil. For the veterans among your Civil ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Civil Life Expectancy

What is the average Civil lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Civil life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1991, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Civil in 1964 was 77, and 84 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Civil

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Civil 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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