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Armstrong Family History

Armstrong Name Meaning

English and Scottish (mainly Northumberland and the Scottish Borders): nickname from Middle English arm + strang for someone who was ‘strong in the arm’. Irish (Ulster): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Labhradha Tréan ‘strong O'Lavery’ or Mac Thréinfhir literally ‘son of the strong man’.

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


Similar surnames: Strong, Alston, Aston, Armstong, Streng, String, Abston, Strang

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Where is the Armstrong family from?

You can see how Armstrong families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Armstrong family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Armstrong families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 412 Armstrong families living in New York. This was about 19% of all the recorded Armstrong's in USA. New York had the highest population of Armstrong families in 1840.
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What did your Armstrong ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Armstrong. 15% of Armstrong men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Armstrong women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Armstrong 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

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 167,000 immigration records available for the last name Armstrong. 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 175,000 military records available for the last name Armstrong. For the veterans among your Armstrong ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Armstrong lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Armstrong life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Armstrong in 1941 was 47, and 74 in 2004.

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