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See Name Meaning

English and German: topographic name for someone who lived by the sea-shore or beside a lake, from Middle English see ‘sea’, ‘lake’ (Old English s?), Middle High German se. Alternatively, the English name may denote someone who lived by a watercourse, from an Old English seoh ‘watercourse’, ‘drain’.

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


Similar surnames: Lee, Bee, Seed, Seel, Gee, Senne, Sepe, Ree, Aue, Seck

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Where is the See family from?

You can see how See families moved over time by selecting different census years. The See family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most See families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 38 See families living in London. This was about 13% of all the recorded See's in the UK. London had the highest population of See families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the See surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your See ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farm Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named See. 54% of See men worked as a Farm Labourer and 68% of See women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named See were Builders Labourer and Incapacitated.

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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

  • Farm Labourer
    54%
  • House Painter
    20%
  • Boat Builder
    14%
  • Builders Labourer
    14%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    68%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    7%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    4%
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Census Records

There are 62,000 census records available for the last name See. Like a window into their day-to-day life, See 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name See. 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 88,000 military records available for the last name See. For the veterans among your See ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average See lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, See life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for See in 1940 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

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