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Townsend Family History

Townsend Name Meaning
English: topographic name for someone who lived at the extremity of a village, from Middle English toun ‘village’, ‘settlement’ + ende ‘end’.

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

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85,309 Military Records
44,657 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Townsend Families

  • Number of Townsend families
     506 - 1,010
     169 - 505
     1 - 168
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Townsend families
     1,077 - 2,152
     360 - 1,076
     1 - 359
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Townsend families
     41 - 80
     14 - 40
     1 - 13
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Townsend Family Origin

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Townsend Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Townsend

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Townsend Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Townsend census records

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Townsend Civil War Service Records

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