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 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Derry. 2% of Derry men worked as a General Labourer and 47% of Derry women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Derry were Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic Duti

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Retired
  • Farmer
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic Duti

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Derry Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 43,000 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.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 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 5,000 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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