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Sailor Name Meaning

English (Lancashire): variant of Saylor . This surname is now rare in Britain.

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


Similar surnames: Sailer, Nailor, Tailor, Sailors, Ailor, Saler, Sayler, Saylors, Saile

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Where is the Sailor family from?

You can see how Sailor families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sailor family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sailor families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 51 Sailor families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 41% of all the recorded Sailor's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Sailor families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sailor surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sailor ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sailor. 22% of Sailor men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Sailor women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sailor were Farming and Maid. .

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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

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Farming
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Sailor. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sailor census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Sailor. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Sailor. For the veterans among your Sailor ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sailor lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Sailor life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Sailor in 1944 was 36, and 75 in 2004.

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