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Morse Family History

Morse Name Meaning

Welsh and English: variant of Morris. Americanized form of any of various like-sounding Jewish surnames, especially Moses. Compare Morris.

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


Similar surnames: Corse, Moyse, Forse, Moise, Mose, More, Morss, Gorse, Vorse, Mouse

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Where is the Morse family from?

You can see how Morse families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Morse family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Morse families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 394 Morse families living in Gloucestershire. This was about 15% of all the recorded Morse's in the UK. Gloucestershire had the highest population of Morse families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Morse surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Morse 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 Morse. 7% of Morse men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Morse women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Morse were Colliery Hewer and Housewife.

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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
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    6%
  • Gardener
    5%
  • Colliery Hewer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    69%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
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Census Records

There are 322,000 census records available for the last name Morse. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Morse 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 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Morse. 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 61,000 military records available for the last name Morse. For the veterans among your Morse ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Morse lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Morse life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Morse in 1941 was 41, and 77 in 2004.

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