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Simpson Family History

Simpson Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: patronymic from Sim. English: habitational name from any of three places in Devon, so named from Old English personal name Sigewine + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Sibson, Kimpton, Lipson, Sampson, Impson, Plimpton, Simson, Simon

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Where is the Simpson family from?

You can see how Simpson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Simpson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Simpson families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 9,069 Simpson families living in Yorkshire. This was about 22% of all the recorded Simpson's in the UK. Yorkshire had the highest population of Simpson families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Simpson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Simpson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Simpson. 7% of Simpson men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Simpson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Simpson were Farmer and Private Means.

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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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Simpson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Simpson 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 206,000 immigration records available for the last name Simpson. 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 209,000 military records available for the last name Simpson. For the veterans among your Simpson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Simpson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Simpson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Simpson in 1940 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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