Dickens Family History

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Dickens Name Meaning

English (chiefly West Midlands): patronymic from the personal name Dicken.

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

Similar surnames: Dicken, Mickens, Dicks, Picken, Dickenson, Dickes, Nickens, Wickes

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Dickens Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dickens name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dickens. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Dickens Family Origin

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Dickens Family Occupations

What did your Dickens ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Dickens occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Dickens's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Bricklayer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dickens. A less common occupation for the Dickens family was Farmer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Bricklayer

  • Farmer


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

Dickens Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 118,000 census records available for the last name Dickens. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dickens 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Dickens. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Dickens. For the veterans among your Dickens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dickens Life Expectancy

What is the average Dickens lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Dickens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Dickens in 1940 was 59, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dickens 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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