Dodds Family History

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Dodds Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Dodd 1. Black suggests that the name in Scotland may sometimes be derived from a place in Berwickshire called Doddis.

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

Similar surnames: Dodd, Dods, Douds, Dowds, Edds, Cords, Duddy, Codd, Dobbs, Oddy

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Dodds Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dodds name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dodds. 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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Dodds Family Origin

Where is the Dodds family from?

Dodds Family Occupations

What did your Dodds ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Dodds occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 9% of Dodds's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Farmer and Joiner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dodds. A less common occupation for the Dodds family was Labourer.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Joiner

  • Labourer


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

Dodds Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 149,000 census records available for the last name Dodds. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dodds 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 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Dodds. 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 Dodds. For the veterans among your Dodds ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dodds Life Expectancy

What is the average Dodds lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Dodds life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Dodds in 1943 was 32, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dodds 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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