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Carr Name Meaning

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Ó Carra ‘descendant of Carra’ a personal name from the adjective corr ‘pointed’ explained as meaning ‘spear’. As an Ulster surname Carr was often confused with Scottish Kerr . Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Mac Giolla Chathair a Donegal name meaning ‘son of Giolla Cathair’ or ‘the servant (i.e. devotee) of Saint Cathar’. Cathar was a priest and bishop otherwise unknown. Irish: in Galway a shortened Anglicized form of Mac Giolla Chéire see Keary . English (northern) and Scottish: variant of Kerr .

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


Similar surnames: Barr, Cart, Corr, Garr, Darr, Carn, Card, Carp, Sarr, Carl

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Where is the Carr family from?

You can see how Carr families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Carr family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Carr families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 360 Carr families living in New York. This was about 18% of all the recorded Carr's in USA. New York had the highest population of Carr families in 1840.
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What did your Carr ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Carr. 16% of Carr men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Carr women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Carr were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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
    16%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 104,000 immigration records available for the last name Carr. 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 158,000 military records available for the last name Carr. For the veterans among your Carr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Carr lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Carr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Carr in 1940 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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