Early Family History

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Early Name Meaning

Irish: translation of Gaelic Ó Mocháin (see Mohan; Gaelic moch means ‘early’ or ‘timely’), or of some other similar surname, for example Ó Mochóir, a shortened form of Ó Mochéirghe, Ó Maoil-Mhochéirghe, from a personal name meaning ‘early rising’. English: habitational name from any of various places, such as Earley in Berkshire and Arley in Cheshire, Lancashire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire, which derive their names from Old English earn ‘eagle’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. English: nickname from Old English eorllic ‘manly’, ‘noble’, a derivative of eorl (see Earl). Americanized spelling of German Ehrle.

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

Similar surnames: Barley, Earl, Marley, Earley, Harty, Carby, Earp, Earle, Earll

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Early Family Origin

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Early Family Occupations

What did your Early ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Early occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 4% of Early's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Bricklayer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Early. A less common occupation for the Early family was Carpenter.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Bricklayer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Carpenter


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Early Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 96,000 census records available for the last name Early. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Early 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Early. 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 Early. For the veterans among your Early ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Early Life Expectancy

What is the average Early lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Early life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Early in 1940 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Early 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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