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Captain Family History

Captain Name Meaning
Probably an Americanized form of French Capitaine, from Old French capitaine ‘head’, ‘chief’, ‘principal’ (from Latin capitaneus), or of any of the various cognates, such as Italian Capitani, or German Kapitan, all of which were used in similar way to denote a high-ranking official, a headman, or a person of military rank.

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

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11,730 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
93,797 Military Records
6,395 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Captain Families

  • Number of Captain families
     8 - 13
     3 - 7
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Captain families
     5 - 8
     2 - 4
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Captain families
     5 - 8
     2 - 4
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Captain Family Origin

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Captain Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Captain

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Captain Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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