Derry Family History

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Derry Name Meaning

English: variant of Deary, or alternatively a nickname for a merchant or tradesman, from Anglo-French darree ‘pennyworth’, from Old French denree. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Doiridh, the name of an eccesiastical family from Donegal, meaning ‘descendant of Doireadh’. Derry is often confused with Deery.

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


Similar surnames: Merry, Terry, Berry, Ferry, Perry, Deery, Deary, Werry, Verry, Denny

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Derry Family Origin

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Derry Family Occupations

What did your Derry ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Derry family was Dressmaker. The most common Derry occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 8% of Derry's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Labourer and Bricklayer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Derry.

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  • Coal Miner

    8%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Bricklayer

    2%
  • Dressmaker

    2%

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

Derry Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Derry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Derry census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Derry

Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Derry. 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 Derry. For the veterans among your Derry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Derry Life Expectancy

What is the average Derry lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Derry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Derry in 1951 was 45, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Derry

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Derry 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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