Edison Family History

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Edison Name Meaning

English: patronymic or metronymic from Eade.

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

Similar surnames: Edson, Elison, Eason, Esson, Eidson, Madison, Elson, Lewison, Addison

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Edison Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Edison name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


  • Germanic Europe


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Edison Family Origin

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Edison Family Occupations

What did your Edison ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Edison occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 38% of Edison's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Boot Maker Rivetter and Carter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Edison. A less common occupation for the Edison family was Factory Laborer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Boot Maker Rivetter

  • Carter

  • Factory Laborer


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

Edison Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Edison. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Edison 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Edison. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Edison. For the veterans among your Edison ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Edison Life Expectancy

What is the average Edison lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Edison life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Edison in 1945 was 47, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Edison 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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