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Metcalf Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): of uncertain origin, probably from Middle English metecalf ‘food calf’, i.e. a calf being fattened up for eating at the end of the summer. It is thus either an occupational name for a herdsman or slaughterer, or a nickname for a sleek and plump individual, from the same word in a transferred sense. The variants in med- appear early, and suggest that the first element was associated by folk etymology with Middle English mead ‘meadow’, ‘pasture’.

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

Similar surnames: Means, Letcher, Meals, Call, Outcalt, Medcalf, Metcalfe, Mccabe

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Metcalf Family Origin

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Metcalf Family Occupations

What did your Metcalf ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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Metcalf Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 196,000 census records available for the last name Metcalf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Metcalf 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Metcalf. 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 28,000 military records available for the last name Metcalf. For the veterans among your Metcalf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Metcalf Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Metcalf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Metcalf in 1942 was 45, and 75 in 2004.

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