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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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Where is the Derry family from?

You can see how Derry families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Derry family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Derry families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 349 Derry families living in Staffordshire. This was about 25% of all the recorded Derry's in the UK. Staffordshire had the highest population of Derry families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Derry surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and 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. 13% of Derry men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Derry women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Derry were Gardener and Unpaid Domestic Duti.

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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
  • Retired
  • Farmer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic Duti
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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