Priest Family History

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Priest Name Meaning

English (mainly West Midlands): from Middle English pr(i)est ‘minister of the Church’ (Old English preost, from Latin presbyter, Greek presbyteros ‘elder’, ‘counselor’, comparative of presbys ‘old man’), used as a nickname, either for someone with a pious manner or possibly for someone who had played the part of a priest in a pageant. It may also have been an occupational name for someone in the service of a priest, and occasionally it may have been used to denote someone suspected of being the son of a priest.

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


Similar surnames: Crist, Pries, Priester, Press, Privett, Depriest, Prieto, Prost

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Priest Family Origin

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Priest Family Occupations

What did your Priest ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Priest family was Labourer. The most common Priest occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 6% of Priest's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Farmer and Chain Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Priest.

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  • Coal Miner

    6%
  • Farmer

    4%
  • Chain Maker

    3%
  • Labourer

    2%

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Priest Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Priest. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Priest 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Priest. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Priest. For the veterans among your Priest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Priest Life Expectancy

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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Priest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Priest in 1944 was 55, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Priest 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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