Erie Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Erie Name Meaning

Origin uncertain. It may be derived from the place name Erie, the name of one of the Great Lakes and various counties and townships on its southern shores. The etymology is from the name of an American Indian people who lived there before the arrival of Europeans, and indeed the surname may denote a member of this people. Their name is said to mean ‘cat’ or ‘cat people’.

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

Similar surnames: Fries, Peri, Serie, Xie, Brue, Erle, Eric, Rio, Elia, Eroh

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with a family member and we'll do the searching for you.

Erie Family Origin

Where is the Erie family from?

Erie Family Occupations

What did your Erie ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Erie. 22% of Erie men worked as a Laborer and 23% of Erie women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Erie were Salesman and Housekeeper

View Census data for Erie | Data not to scale

United States shown, England data unavailable

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Machinist
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper

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

Erie Historical Records

What Erie family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Erie. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Erie census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search UK census records for Erie

Passenger List

There are 539 immigration records available for the last name Erie. 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 Erie immigration records

Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Erie. For the veterans among your Erie ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Erie military records

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

Erie Life Expectancy

What is the average Erie lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Erie life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Erie in 1947 was 39, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Erie

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Erie 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 Erie Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name

14-Day Free Trial