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Thompson Family History

Thompson Name Meaning
English: patronymic from Thomas. Thompson is widely distributed throughout Britain, but is most common in northern England and northern Ireland.Americanized form of Thomsen.

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

21,591,909 Historical Documents with Thompson on Ancestry.com
5,716,059 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
676,360 Military Records
610,128 Immigration Records
4,263,646 Census and Voter Lists
10,325,716 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Thompson Families

  • Number of Thompson families
     3,066 - 6,130
     1,023 - 3,065
     1 - 1,022
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Thompson families
     8,651 - 17,300
     2,884 - 8,650
     1 - 2,883
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Thompson families
     454 - 905
     152 - 453
     1 - 151
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Thompson census records

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Thompson Family Origin

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Thompson Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Thompson

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Thompson Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Thompson census records

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Thompson Civil War Service Records

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