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England Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Middle English Engelond ‘England’. It was probably a formal alternative to English which is also well evidenced as a surname in England. These names may have been acquired by English landowners who moved in Norman social circles or who lived in a neighbouring country (Scotland Wales or Ireland) or by English merchants who traded abroad. Norwegian: habitational name from any of various farmsteads so named from Old Norse eng ‘meadow’ + land ‘land’. Swedish: ornamental name with the same meaning as

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Erland, Ringland, Englander, Ryland, Teigland, Eckland, Hegland

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Where is the England family from?

You can see how England families moved over time by selecting different census years. The England family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most England families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,667 England families living in Yorkshire. This was about 25% of all the recorded England's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of England families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the England surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your England ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named England. 8% of England men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of England women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named England were Retired and Housewife. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Builders Labourer
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
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What England family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 253,000 census records available for the last name England. Like a window into their day-to-day life, England census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 29,000 immigration records available for the last name England. 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 Cards

There are 88,000 military records available for the last name England. For the veterans among your England ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average England lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, England life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for England in 1943 was 25, and 71 in 2004.

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