Samson Family History

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Samson Name Meaning

Scottish, English, Welsh, French, German, Dutch, Hungarian (Sámson), and Jewish: from the Biblical name Samson (Hebrew Shimshon, a diminutive of shemesh ‘sun’). Among Christians it was sometimes chosen as a personal name or nickname with reference to the great strength of the Biblical hero (Judges 13–16). In Wales another association was with the 6th-century Welsh bishop Samson, who traveled to Brittany, where he died and was greatly venerated. His name, which is probably an altered form of an unknown Celtic original, was popularized in England by Breton followers of William the Conqueror, and to some extent independently from Wales.

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

Similar surnames: Sampson, Ramson, Salmon, Sarson, Sasson, Simson, Faison, Cason

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Samson Family Origin

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Samson Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Samson. 15% of Samson men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Samson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Samson were Old Age Pensioner and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Retired
  • Carpenter
  • Old Age Pensioner

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Incapacitated
  • Unpaid Domestic

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Samson Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Samson. For the veterans among your Samson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Samson Life Expectancy

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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Samson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Samson in 1943 was 43, and 78 in 2004.

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