Fraser Family History

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Fraser Name Meaning

Scottish: of uncertain origin. The earliest recorded forms of this family name, dating from the mid-12th century, are de Fresel, de Friselle, and de Freseliere. These appear to be Norman, but there is no place in France with a name answering to them. It is possible, therefore, that they represent a Gaelic name corrupted beyond recognition by an Anglo-Norman scribe. The modern Gaelic form is Friseal, sometimes Anglicized as Frizzell. The surname Fraser is also borne by Jews, in which case it represents an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

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

Similar surnames: Frager, Frasher, Graber, Kraner, Frater, Frasier, Graser, Fraker

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Fraser Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fraser name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Fraser. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Fraser Family Origin

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Fraser Family Occupations

What did your Fraser ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Fraser occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Fraser's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fraser. A less common occupation for the Fraser family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Fraser Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 648,000 census records available for the last name Fraser. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fraser census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 145,000 immigration records available for the last name Fraser. 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 Card

There are 71,000 military records available for the last name Fraser. For the veterans among your Fraser ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fraser Life Expectancy

What is the average Fraser lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Fraser life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Fraser in 1944 was 22, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fraser ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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