Straw Family History

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Straw Name Meaning

English (chiefly Nottinghamshire): from Old English streaw, hence a metonymic occupational name for a dealer in straw, or a nickname for an exceptionally thin man or someone with straw-colored hair.

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

Similar surnames: Stroh, Stead, Staal, Shaw, Spray, Stray, Strow, Stram, Stream, Star

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Straw Family Origin

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Straw Family Occupations

What did your Straw ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Colliery Hewer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Straw. 8% of Straw men worked as a Colliery Hewer and 80% of Straw women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Straw were Colliery Hewer Heavy Worker and Hosiery Machinist

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Colliery Hewer
  • General Labourer
  • Retired
  • Colliery Hewer Heavy Worker

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
  • Hosiery Machinist

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

Straw Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Straw. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Straw 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Straw. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Straw. For the veterans among your Straw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Straw Life Expectancy

What is the average Straw lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Straw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Straw in 1944 was 47, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Straw

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Straw ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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