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Lincoln Family History

Lincoln Name Meaning
English: habitational name from the city of Lincoln, so named from an original British name Lindo- ‘lake’ + Latin colonia ‘settlement’, ‘colony’. The place was an important administrative center during the Roman occupation of Britain and in the Middle Ages it was a center for the manufacture of cloth, including the famous ‘Lincoln green’.

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

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238,061 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
48,168 Military Records
12,529 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Lincoln Families

  • Number of Lincoln families
     258 - 513
     87 - 257
     1 - 86
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Lincoln families
     267 - 532
     90 - 266
     1 - 89
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Lincoln families
     5 - 7
     2 - 4
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Lincoln Family Origin

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Lincoln Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Lincoln

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Lincoln Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Lincoln Civil War Service Records

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