Preston Family History

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Preston Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the extremely numerous places (most notably one in Lancashire) so called from Old English preost ‘priest’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the meaning may have been either ‘village with a priest’ or ‘village held by the Church’. Scottish: habitational name from Presto(u)n, now Craigmillar, in Midlothian. This name has also been established in Ireland since the 13th century.

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

Similar surnames: Ireton, Leston, Ruston, Weston, Presson, Brenton, Brewton, Pelton

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Preston Family Origin

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Preston Family Occupations

What did your Preston ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Preston. A less common occupation for the Preston family was Coal Miner. The most common Preston occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Preston's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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

Preston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 531,000 census records available for the last name Preston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Preston 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 50,000 immigration records available for the last name Preston. 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 68,000 military records available for the last name Preston. For the veterans among your Preston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Preston Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Preston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Preston in 1941 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Preston 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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