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Dorsett Family History

Dorsett Name Meaning
English: regional name from the county of Dorset, named from Old English Dorn, an early name of Dorchester (of British origin, from durn ‘fist’, probably referring to fist-sized pebbles) + s?te ‘dwellers’.

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

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41,383 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
5,044 Military Records
1,825 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Dorsett Families

  • Number of Dorsett families
     41 - 80
     14 - 40
     1 - 13
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Dorsett families
     89 - 175
     30 - 88
     1 - 29
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Dorsett last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Dorsett census records

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Dorsett Family Origin

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Dorsett Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Dorsett families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

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Average Life Expectancy for Dorsett

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

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Dorsett Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Dorsett census records

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Dorsett Civil War Service Records

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