Western Family History

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Western Name Meaning

English: variant of West.

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

Similar surnames: Weston, Westen, Vester, Westerman, Westman, Esten, Lester, Wester

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Western Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Western name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Western. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Western Family Origin

Where is the Western family from?

Western Family Occupations

What did your Western ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Western family was Farmer. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Gardener were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Western. The most common Western occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Western's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Gardener

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Western ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Western Historical Records

What Western family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 49,000 census records available for the last name Western. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Western 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Western. 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 39,000 military records available for the last name Western. For the veterans among your Western ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Western Life Expectancy

What is the average Western lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Western life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Western in 1947 was 35, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Western

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Western 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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