Dempsey Family History

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Dempsey Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Díomasaigh ‘descendant of Díomasach’, a byname meaning ‘proud’, ‘haughty’, from díomas ‘pride’. The name was occasionally Anglicized as Proudman (see Proud). Compare McGimsey.

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


Similar surnames: Dempster, Delaney, Devaney, Kempster, Demus, Kempter, Rempe, Lepley

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Dempsey Family Origin

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Dempsey Family Occupations

What did your Dempsey ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Tailor and Charwoman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dempsey. A less common occupation for the Dempsey family was Coal Miner. The most common Dempsey occupation in the UK was Labourer. 10% of Dempsey's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

    10%
  • Tailor

    2%
  • Charwoman

    2%
  • Coal Miner

    2%

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

Dempsey Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Dempsey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dempsey 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Dempsey. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Dempsey. For the veterans among your Dempsey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dempsey Life Expectancy

What is the average Dempsey lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Dempsey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Dempsey in 1940 was 51, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dempsey

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dempsey 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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