Blackburn Family History

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Blackburn Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Blackburn, but especially the one in Lancashire, so named with Old English blæc ‘dark’ + burna ‘stream’. The surname is mainly found in northern England.

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

Similar surnames: Blackmore, Blackhurst, Blackford, Bradburn, Cockburn, Blacknall

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Blackburn Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Blackburn name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Blackburn. 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


  • Norway


  • France


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Blackburn Family Origin

Where is the Blackburn family from?

Blackburn Family Occupations

What did your Blackburn ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Blackburn occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Blackburn's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Blackburn. A less common occupation for the Blackburn family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Blackburn ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Blackburn Historical Records

What Blackburn family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 386,000 census records available for the last name Blackburn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Blackburn 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 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Blackburn. 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 46,000 military records available for the last name Blackburn. For the veterans among your Blackburn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Blackburn Life Expectancy

What is the average Blackburn lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Blackburn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Blackburn in 1940 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Blackburn

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Blackburn 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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