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Self Family History

Self Surname Meaning

English (Norfolk and Suffolk): from the Middle English personal name Sa(h)ulf (Old English Sǣwulf from ‘sea’ + wulf ‘wolf’). North German: nickname from Low German self ‘self’ for a self-important person.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Relf, Rolf, Sell, Seif, Sole, Belt, Senf, Helf, Gell, Seda

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Where is the Self family from?

You can see how Self families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Self family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Self families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 485 Self families living in Norfolk. This was about 23% of all the recorded Self's in United Kingdom. Norfolk had the highest population of Self families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Self surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Self ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Self. 11% of Self men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Self women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Self were Builders Labourer and Domestic Servant. .

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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

  • General Labourer
    11%
  • Farm Labourer
    7%
  • Retired
    4%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Domestic Servant
    2%
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Census Records

There are 109,000 census records available for the last name Self. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Self 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Self. 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 27,000 military records available for the last name Self. For the veterans among your Self ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Self lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Self life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Self in 1942 was 36, and 72 in 2004.

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