Hamilton Family History

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Hamilton Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from what is now a deserted village in the parish of Barkby, Leicestershire. This is named from Old English hamel ‘crooked’ + dun ‘hill’. Hamilton near Glasgow was founded by the Hamiltons and named after them. In Ireland, this name may have replaced Hamill in a few cases. It has also been used as the equivalent of the Irish (Cork) name Ó hUrmholtaigh.

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

Similar surnames: Hambleton, Hilton, Hampton, Halton, Hazelton, Hamill, Dalton

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Hamilton Family Origin

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Hamilton Family Occupations

What did your Hamilton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hamilton. The most common Hamilton occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 4% of Hamilton's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Hamilton family was Annuitant.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant


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Hamilton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Hamilton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hamilton 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 261,000 immigration records available for the last name Hamilton. 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 258,000 military records available for the last name Hamilton. For the veterans among your Hamilton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hamilton Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hamilton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Hamilton in 1940 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hamilton 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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