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Donaldson Name Meaning

Scottish: patronymic from Donald generally representing an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dhomhnaill (see McDonald ).

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

Similar surnames: Donlon, Donald, Nelson, Donalson, Donelan, Condon, Coalson, Dodson

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Where is the Donaldson family from?

You can see how Donaldson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Donaldson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Donaldson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 92 Donaldson families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 23% of all the recorded Donaldson's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Donaldson families in 1840.
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What did your Donaldson ancestors do for a living?

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

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
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What is the average Donaldson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Donaldson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Donaldson in 1940 was 54, and 77 in 2004.

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