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Decatur Family History

Decatur Name Meaning
Variant of Dutch de Caters, a nickname for someone thought to resemble a tomcat (see Kater).

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

37,079 Historical Documents with Decatur on Ancestry.com
24,158 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
4,707 Military Records
249 Immigration Records
3,596 Census and Voter Lists
4,369 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Decatur Families

  • Number of Decatur families
     9 - 16
     4 - 8
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Decatur last name
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Decatur last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Decatur census records

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Decatur Family Origin

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Decatur Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Decatur

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Decatur Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Decatur census records

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Decatur Civil War Service Records

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