Island Family History

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Island Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of four farmsteads so named. The origin of their name is not certain; it may be a compound of is ‘ice’ + land ‘land’ or from Island ‘Iceland’ (the name of the country).

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

Similar surnames: Osland, Land, Ryland, Odland, Ueland, Voland, Wiland, Soland, Erland

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Island Family Origin

Where is the Island family from?

Island Family Occupations

What did your Island ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Island occupation in the UK was Bootmaker Laster. 25% of Island's were Bootmaker Lasters. Bootmaker Laster, Dealer and Hawker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Island. A less common occupation for the Island family was Printer Compositor.

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  • Bootmaker Laster

  • Dealer

  • Hawker

  • Printer Compositor


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

Island Historical Records

What Island family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Island. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Island 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Island. 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 53,000 military records available for the last name Island. For the veterans among your Island ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Island Life Expectancy

What is the average Island lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Island life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Island in 1945 was 42, and 66 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Island

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Island 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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