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Commander Family History

Commander Name Meaning

English: from Middle English comander comando(u)r ‘leader ruler’ probably applied as a nickname although it may also derived from Old French comandeor denoted the officer in charge of a commandery for example of the Knights Templars and in this sense it would have been an occupational or status name. Possibly also an Americanized form of German Kommander: cognate of 1 above perhaps used instead of Hoffmann .

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


Similar surnames: Mander, Comer, Callander, Bolander, Manger, Sommer, Colmer, Sealander

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Where is the Commander family from?

You can see how Commander families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Commander family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Commander families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 51 Commander families living in Warwickshire. This was about 31% of all the recorded Commander's in United Kingdom. Warwickshire had the highest population of Commander families in 1891.
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What did your Commander ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Furnace Man Steel Works Heavy W and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Commander. 34% of Commander men worked as a Furnace Man Steel Works Heavy W and 74% of Commander women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Commander were Artificial Silk Spinner and Shorthand Typist. .

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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

  • Furnace Man Steel Works Heavy W
    34%
  • Builders Estimating Clerk
    34%
  • Artificial Silk Spinner
    34%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    74%
  • Private Means
    6%
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
    6%
  • Shorthand Typist
    3%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Commander. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Commander 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Commander. 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 38,000 military records available for the last name Commander. For the veterans among your Commander ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Commander lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Commander life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Commander in 1952 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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