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Meredith Family History

Meredith Name Meaning

Welsh: from the personal name Meredydd (Old Welsh Morgetiud Middle Welsh Maredudd from a possible British Celtic ethnic name of the type Morgetes + iǖth ‘lord’). Compare Beddow .

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


Similar surnames: Merritt, Meridith, Kerth, Ledwith, Mertz, Berish, Merica, Reith

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Where is the Meredith family from?

You can see how Meredith families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Meredith family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Meredith families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 59 Meredith families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 25% of all the recorded Meredith's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Meredith families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Meredith surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Meredith ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Meredith. 17% of Meredith men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Meredith women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Meredith were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

There are 202,000 census records available for the last name Meredith. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Meredith 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Meredith. 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 31,000 military records available for the last name Meredith. For the veterans among your Meredith ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Meredith lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Meredith life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Meredith in 1942 was 73, and 72 in 2004.

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