Lindsay Family History

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Lindsay Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Lindsey in Lincolnshire, England. This is first found in the form Lindissi, apparently a derivative of the British name of Lincoln. To this was later added the Old English element eg ‘island’, since the place was virtually cut off by the surrounding fenland. The surname was taken to Scotland at an early date and is the name of an important and powerful Scottish family. Irish: adopted as an equivalent of various Gaelic names (see Lindsey).

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

Similar surnames: Lindsey, Livesay, Lindley, Linde, Linsey, Linden, Lunday, Lindau

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Lindsay Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Lindsay name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Lindsay. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Lindsay Family Origin

Where is the Lindsay family from?

Lindsay Family Occupations

What did your Lindsay ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lindsay. The most common Lindsay occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Lindsay's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Lindsay family was Annuitant.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant


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

Lindsay Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 333,000 census records available for the last name Lindsay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lindsay 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 109,000 immigration records available for the last name Lindsay. 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 54,000 military records available for the last name Lindsay. For the veterans among your Lindsay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lindsay Life Expectancy

What is the average Lindsay lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lindsay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Lindsay in 1941 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lindsay 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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