Lancaster Family History

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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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Lancaster Family Origin

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Lancaster Family Occupations

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 UK named Lancaster. 2% of Lancaster men worked as a General Labourer and 53% of Lancaster women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lancaster were Bus Conductor and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bus Conductor

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Incapacitated
  • Housewife

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Lancaster Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Lancaster Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lancaster

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lancaster 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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