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Davenport Name Meaning

English (Lancashire and Cheshire): habitational name from a place in Cheshire named Davenport from the Dane river (apparently named with a Celtic cognate of Middle Welsh Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022u ‘to drop to trickle’) + Old English port ‘market town’. Irish: in Tipperary this is an English surname adopted by bearers of Munster Gaelic Ó Donndubhartaigh ‘descendant of Donndubhartach’ a personal name composed of the elements donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’ + dubh ‘black’ + artach ‘nobleman’.

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


Similar surnames: Davern, Devenport, Newport, Allport, Dover, Lavender, Danforth

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Where is the Davenport family from?

You can see how Davenport families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Davenport family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Davenport families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,273 Davenport families living in Lancashire. This was about 36% of all the recorded Davenport's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Davenport families in 1891.
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What did your Davenport ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Davenport. 8% of Davenport men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Davenport women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Davenport were Builders Labourer and Private Means. .

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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

  • General Labourer
    8%
  • Retired
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    67%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Private Means
    2%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Davenport. 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 61,000 military records available for the last name Davenport. For the veterans among your Davenport ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Davenport lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Davenport life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Davenport in 1942 was 34, and 74 in 2004.

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