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Doughty Name Meaning

English: nickname for a powerful or brave man especially a champion jouster from Middle English do(u)ghti douti dighti (Old English dohtig dyhtig) ‘bold brave strong; worthy; excellent’.

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

Similar surnames: Doughman, Tough, Doggett, Doughtie, Doughton, Houghton, Douty

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Where is the Doughty family from?

You can see how Doughty families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Doughty family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Doughty families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 85 Doughty families living in New York. This was about 34% of all the recorded Doughty's in USA. New York had the highest population of Doughty families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Doughty surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Doughty ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Doughty. 15% of Doughty men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Doughty women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Doughty 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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 127,000 census records available for the last name Doughty. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Doughty 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Doughty. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Doughty. For the veterans among your Doughty ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Doughty lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Doughty life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Doughty in 1947 was 39, and 73 in 2004.

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