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Fentress Family History

Fentress Surname Meaning

English and Scottish: variant of Ventress itself a variant of Venters a nickname for a daring person from Middle English aventurous ‘bold venturesome’.

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


Similar surnames: Venters, Ventress, Ventre, Fetters, Jenness, Ferriss, Ferris, Fettes

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Where is the Fentress family from?

You can see how Fentress families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fentress family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1840 and 1920. The most Fentress families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 7 Fentress families living in Yorkshire. This was about 50% of all the recorded Fentress's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Fentress families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Fentress surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Fentress ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fentress. 23% of Fentress men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Fentress women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fentress were Salesman and Housekeeper. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    23%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    11%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Bookkeeper
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Fentress. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fentress 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 841 immigration records available for the last name Fentress. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Fentress. For the veterans among your Fentress ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fentress lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Fentress life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Fentress in 1944 was 21, and 73 in 2004.

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