Donaldson Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Donaldson Name Meaning

Scottish: patronymic from Donald, often representing a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dhomhnaill (see McDonald).

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

Similar surnames: Donlon, Donald, Nelson, Donalson, Donelan, Condon, Coalson, Dodson

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Donaldson Family Origin

Where is the Donaldson family from?

Donaldson Family Occupations

What did your Donaldson 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 Donaldson. 3% of Donaldson men worked as a General Labourer and 53% of Donaldson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Donaldson were Builders Labourer and Private Means

View Census data for Donaldson | Data not to scale

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means

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

Donaldson Historical Records

What Donaldson family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 311,000 census records available for the last name Donaldson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Donaldson 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 Donaldson

Passenger List

There are 49,000 immigration records available for the last name Donaldson. 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.

View all Donaldson immigration records

Draft Card

There are 47,000 military records available for the last name Donaldson. For the veterans among your Donaldson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Donaldson military records

You've only scratched the surface of Donaldson family history.

Donaldson Life Expectancy

What is the average Donaldson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Donaldson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Donaldson in 1940 was 54, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Donaldson

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Donaldson 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.

Famous Donaldson Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name