Edinburgh Family History

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Edinburgh Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.

Similar surnames: Dryburgh, Limburg, Oldenburg, Winburn, Weinberg, Winberg, Ginsburg

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Edinburgh Family Origin

Where is the Edinburgh family from?

Edinburgh Family Occupations

What did your Edinburgh ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Edinburgh family was Charwoman. The most common Edinburgh occupation in the UK was Teamer. 43% of Edinburgh's were Teamers. Teamer, Boot Maker and Bootmaker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Edinburgh.

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  • Teamer

  • Boot Maker

  • Bootmaker

  • Charwoman


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

Edinburgh Historical Records

What Edinburgh family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Edinburgh. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh

Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Edinburgh. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Edinburgh. For the veterans among your Edinburgh ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Edinburgh Life Expectancy

What is the average Edinburgh lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Edinburgh life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Edinburgh in 1951 was 64, and 85 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Edinburgh

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Edinburgh 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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