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Carson Family History

Carson Surname Meaning

Scottish (Galloway) and northern Irish: probably a habitational name from an unlocated place in southwestern Scotland called Acarson or Carsan. This surname was taken to Northern Ireland in the early 17th century. Alternatively it may be a hybrid patronymic name composed of Irish cearr ‘left-handed’ + English son ‘son’. English: variant of Corston a habitational name from one of the many places so called in Norfolk Shropshire Somerset or Wiltshire. In some cases also an Americanized form of Norwegian Kåsen (see Kasen ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Corson, Carlon, Carton, Karson, Curson, Carron, Caison, Garson

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You can see how Carson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Carson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Carson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 144 Carson families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 17% of all the recorded Carson's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Carson families in 1840.
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What did your Carson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Carson. 14% of Carson men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Carson women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Carson were Truck Driver and Cook. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
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What is the average Carson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Carson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Carson in 1940 was 56, and 75 in 2004.

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