Salisbury Family History

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Salisbury Name Meaning

habitational name from the city in Wiltshire, the Roman name of which was Sorviodunum (of British origin). In the Old English period the second element (from Celtic dun ‘fortress’) was dropped and Sorvio- (of unexplained meaning) became Searo- in Old English as the result of folk etymological association with Old English searu ‘armor’; to this an explanatory burh ‘fortress’, ‘manor’, ‘town’ was added. The city is recorded in the Domesday Book as Sarisberie; the change of -r- to -l- is the result of later dissimilation. habitational name from Salesbury in Lancashire, so named from Old English salh ‘willow’ + burh ‘fortress’, ‘manor’.

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

Similar surnames: Sainsbury, Malsbury, Alsbury, Amesbury, Marksbury, Pillsbury, Asbury

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Salisbury Family Origin

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Salisbury Family Occupations

What did your Salisbury ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Salisbury occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Salisbury's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Salisbury family was Coal Miner. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Salisbury.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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Salisbury Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 123,000 census records available for the last name Salisbury. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Salisbury 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Salisbury. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Salisbury. For the veterans among your Salisbury ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Salisbury Life Expectancy

What is the average Salisbury lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Salisbury life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Salisbury in 1946 was 62, and 76 in 2004.

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