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Manchester Family History

Manchester Name Meaning
English: habitational name from the city in northwestern England, formerly part of Lancashire. This is so called from Mamucio (an ancient British name containing the element mamma ‘breast’, and meaning ‘breast-shaped hill’) + Old English ceaster ‘Roman fort or walled city’ (Latin castra ‘legionary camp’).

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

380,255 Historical Documents with Manchester on Ancestry.com
88,543 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
14,664 Military Records
3,505 Immigration Records
56,424 Census and Voter Lists
217,119 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Manchester Families

  • Number of Manchester families
     105 - 207
     36 - 104
     1 - 35
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Manchester families
     83 - 163
     28 - 82
     1 - 27
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Manchester families
     2 - 1
     2 - 1
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Manchester census records

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Manchester Family Origin

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Manchester Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Manchester 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 Manchester

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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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Manchester Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Manchester census records

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Manchester Civil War Service Records

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Military records can tell you an ancestor's birthplace, occupation, and even physical description.

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