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Bancroft Family History

Bancroft Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various minor places called Bancroft from Old English bēan ‘beans’ (a collective singular) + croft ‘paddock smallholding’.

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

Similar surnames: Barcroft, Beecroft, Rycroft, Haycraft, Croft, Ashcroft, Howcroft

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Where is the Bancroft family from?

You can see how Bancroft families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bancroft family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bancroft families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 112 Bancroft families living in Massachusetts. This was about 43% of all the recorded Bancroft's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Bancroft families in 1840.
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What did your Bancroft ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bancroft. 13% of Bancroft men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Bancroft women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bancroft were Clerk 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Maid
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Bancroft. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Bancroft. For the veterans among your Bancroft ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bancroft lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Bancroft life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bancroft in 1949 was 42, and 79 in 2004.

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