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Metcalf Family History

Metcalf Name Meaning
English (Yorkshire): of uncertain origin, probably from Middle English metecalf ‘food calf’, i.e. a calf being fattened up for eating at the end of the summer. It is thus either an occupational name for a herdsman or slaughterer, or a nickname for a sleek and plump individual, from the same word in a transferred sense. The variants in med- appear early, and suggest that the first element was associated by folk etymology with Middle English mead ‘meadow’, ‘pasture’.

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

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Name Distribution of Metcalf Families

  • Number of Metcalf families
     138 - 273
     47 - 137
     1 - 46
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Metcalf families
     802 - 1,601
     268 - 801
     1 - 267
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Metcalf families
     13 - 23
     5 - 12
     1 - 4
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Metcalf Family Origin

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Metcalf Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Metcalf

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Metcalf Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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