Crane Family History

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Crane Name Meaning

English: nickname, most likely for a tall, thin man with long legs, from Middle English cran ‘crane’ (the bird), Old English cran, cron. The term included the heron until the introduction of a separate word for the latter in the 14th century. Dutch: variant spelling of Krane. English translation of German Krahn or Kranich.

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

Similar surnames: Cane, Drane, Crank, Krane, Craner, Cran, Crayne, Cale, Clare, Crance

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Crane Family Origin

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Crane Family Occupations

What did your Crane ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Crane family was Coal Miner. The most common Crane occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Crane's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Crane.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner


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Crane Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 377,000 census records available for the last name Crane. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Crane 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 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Crane. 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 63,000 military records available for the last name Crane. For the veterans among your Crane ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Crane Life Expectancy

What is the average Crane lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Crane life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Crane in 1941 was 39, and 76 in 2004.

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