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Macdonald Family History

Macdonald Name Meaning

Scottish: see McDonald.

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

Similar surnames: Mcdonald, Donald, Mcdowall, Macdougall, Macdougal, Mcdougald

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Where is the Macdonald family from?

You can see how Macdonald families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Macdonald family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Macdonald families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1840 there were 2 Macdonald families living in Ohio. This was about 40% of all the recorded Macdonald's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Macdonald families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Macdonald surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Macdonald ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Macdonald. 8% of Macdonald men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Macdonald women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Macdonald were Carpenter and Secretary. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Secretary
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Census Records

There are 631,000 census records available for the last name Macdonald. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Macdonald 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 133,000 immigration records available for the last name Macdonald. 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 72,000 military records available for the last name Macdonald. For the veterans among your Macdonald ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Macdonald lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Macdonald life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Macdonald in 1942 was 22, and 74 in 2004.

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