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Dewey Family History

Dewey Name Meaning
Welsh: from the personal name Dewi, Welsh form of David.Anglicized form of a French Huguenot name of uncertain form and origin. Traditionally it is recorded as Douai, from a place in northern France, but it could also be from Old Norman French du we(z) ‘of the ford’, from a variant of standard French gué ‘ford’.

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

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141,973 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
23,979 Military Records
8,123 Immigration Records
124,266 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Dewey Families

  • Number of Dewey families
     192 - 382
     65 - 191
     1 - 64
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Dewey families
     142 - 281
     48 - 141
     1 - 47
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Dewey last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Dewey Family Origin

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Dewey Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Dewey

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Dewey Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Dewey Civil War Service Records

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