Crabb Family History

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Crabb Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from Middle English crabbe, Old English crabba ‘crab’ (the crustacean), a nickname for someone with a peculiar gait. English and Scottish: from Middle English crabbe ‘crabapple (tree)’ (probably of Old Norse origin), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a crabapple tree. It may also have been a nickname for a cantankerous person, a sense which developed primarily from this word, with reference to the sourness of the fruit, but may also have been influenced by the awkward-seeming locomotion of the crustacean. Americanized spelling of German, Dutch, and Danish Krabbe.

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

Similar surnames: Krabbe, Crank, Crane, Cribb, Babb, Crans, Craig, Crass, Grabe, Traub

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Crabb Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Crabb name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Crabb. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Crabb Family Origin

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Crabb Family Occupations

What did your Crabb ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Crabb occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Crabb's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Crabb family was Farm Labourer. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Crabb.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Farm Labourer


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Crabb Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 92,000 census records available for the last name Crabb. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Crabb 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Crabb. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Crabb. For the veterans among your Crabb ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Crabb Life Expectancy

What is the average Crabb lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Crabb life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Crabb in 1944 was 32, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Crabb 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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