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Lancaster Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Lancaster in northwestern England, named in Old English as ‘Roman fort on the Lune’, from the Lune river, on which it stands, + Old English cæster ‘Roman fort or walled city’ (Latin castra ‘legionary camp’). The river name is probably British, perhaps related to Gaelic slán ‘healthy’, ‘salubrious’.

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


Similar surnames: Doncaster, Waycaster, Manchester, Winchester, Casler, Cater, Laster

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Where is the Lancaster family from?

You can see how Lancaster families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lancaster family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lancaster families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 2,066 Lancaster families living in Lancashire. This was about 26% of all the recorded Lancaster's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Lancaster families in 1891.
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What did your Lancaster ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Lancaster. 9% of Lancaster men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Lancaster women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lancaster were Retired and Housewife. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    9%
  • Farmer
    4%
  • Bricklayer
    4%
  • Retired
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    68%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
  • Cotton Weaver
    2%
  • Housewife
    2%
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Census Records

There are 263,000 census records available for the last name Lancaster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lancaster 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 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Lancaster. 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 43,000 military records available for the last name Lancaster. For the veterans among your Lancaster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lancaster lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Lancaster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Lancaster in 1943 was 22, and 75 in 2004.

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