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London Name Meaning

English and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone who came from London or a nickname for someone who had made a trip to London or had some other connection with the city. In some cases however the Jewish name was purely artificial. The placename recorded by the Roman historian Tacitus in the Latinized form Londinium is obscure in origin and meaning but may be derived from pre-Celtic (Old European) roots with a meaning something like ‘place at the navigable or unfordable river’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Condon, Gordon, Linden, Dundon, Linton, Lindon, Longden, Landon

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Where is the London family from?

You can see how London families moved over time by selecting different census years. The London family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most London families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 580 London families living in London. This was about 33% of all the recorded London's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of London families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the London surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your London 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 London. 11% of London men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of London women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named London were Incapacitated and Incapacitated. .

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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
  • Carpenter
  • Agricultural Labourer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

There are 96,000 census records available for the last name London. Like a window into their day-to-day life, London 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 20,000 immigration records available for the last name London. 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 88,000 military records available for the last name London. For the veterans among your London ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average London lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, London life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for London in 1943 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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