Higgins Family History

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Higgins Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUiginn ‘descendant of Uiginn’, a byname meaning ‘viking’, ‘sea-rover’ (from Old Norse víkingr). Irish: variant of Hagan. English: patronymic from the medieval personal name Higgin, a pet form of Hick.

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

Similar surnames: Kiggins, O'higgins, Heggins, Higginson, Huggins, Miggins, Wiggins

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Higgins Family Origin

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Higgins Family Occupations

What did your Higgins ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer


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

Higgins Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 703,000 census records available for the last name Higgins. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Higgins 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 96,000 immigration records available for the last name Higgins. 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 110,000 military records available for the last name Higgins. For the veterans among your Higgins ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Higgins Life Expectancy

What is the average Higgins lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Higgins life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Higgins in 1940 was 32, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Higgins 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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