Williston Family History

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Williston Name Meaning

English or Scottish: unexplained. This has the form of a habitational name, but no such place has been identified. It may be an altered form of Willison, or possibly a habitational name from Willesden, now part of North London.

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

Similar surnames: Alliston, Liston, Willison, Elliston, Wollaston, Wigginton, Winston

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Williston Family Origin

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Williston Family Occupations

What did your Williston ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Sail Maker and Seaman were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Williston. The most common Williston occupation in the UK was Sail Maker. 50% of Williston's were Sail Makers.

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  • Sail Maker

  • Seaman


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

Williston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Williston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Williston 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Williston. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Williston. For the veterans among your Williston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Williston Life Expectancy

What is the average Williston lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Williston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Williston in 1952 was 40, and 82 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Williston

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Williston 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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