Calvin Family History

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Calvin Name Meaning

Southern French: nickname for a bald man, from a diminutive of Old Occitan calv ‘bald’ (from Latin calvus). Spanish (Calvín): from a regional variant of a diminutive of calvo ‘bald’.

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

Similar surnames: Galvin, Calvey, Calman, Ballin, Cavin, Savin, Cain, Albin, Carlin

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Calvin Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Calvin name?

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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Calvin Family Origin

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Calvin Family Occupations

What did your Calvin ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Calvin family was Farm Laborer. The most common Calvin occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Calvin's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Calvin.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Calvin Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 61,000 census records available for the last name Calvin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Calvin 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Calvin. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Calvin. For the veterans among your Calvin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Calvin Life Expectancy

What is the average Calvin lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Calvin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Calvin in 1941 was 48, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Calvin 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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