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Preston Family History

Preston Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of the extremely numerous places (most notably one in Lancashire) so called from Old English preost ‘priest’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the meaning may have been either ‘village with a priest’ or ‘village held by the Church’.Scottish: habitational name from Presto(u)n, now Craigmillar, in Midlothian. GFB This name has also been established in Ireland since the 13th century.

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

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Name Distribution of Preston Families

  • Number of Preston families
     322 - 641
     108 - 321
     1 - 107
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Preston families
     1,569 - 3,135
     524 - 1,568
     1 - 523
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Preston families
     138 - 273
     47 - 137
     1 - 46
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Preston Family Origin

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Preston Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Preston

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Preston Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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