Hathaway Family History

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Hathaway Name Meaning

English (mainly central southern England and South Wales): topographic name for someone who lived by a path across a heath, from Middle English hathe ‘heath’ + weye ‘way’. from an (apparently rare) Old English female personal name, Heaðuwig, composed of the elements heaðu ‘strife’, ‘contention’ + wig ‘war’.

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

Similar surnames: Attaway, Hallaway, Gannaway, Garraway, Ottaway, Tatham, Pettaway

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Hathaway Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hathaway name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


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Hathaway Family Origin

Where is the Hathaway family from?

Hathaway Family Occupations

What did your Hathaway ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Hathaway family was Labourer. The most common Hathaway occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Hathaway's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hathaway.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Labourer


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

Hathaway Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 141,000 census records available for the last name Hathaway. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hathaway 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Hathaway. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Hathaway. For the veterans among your Hathaway ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hathaway Life Expectancy

What is the average Hathaway lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Hathaway life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Hathaway in 1943 was 61, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hathaway 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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