London Family History

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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 ornamental. The place name, 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 ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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London Family Origin

Where is the London family from?

London Family Occupations

What did your London ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the London family was Annuitant. The most common London occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of London's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by London.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Annuitant


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

London Historical Records

What London family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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London Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for London

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your London 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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