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Cardinal Name Meaning

English, French, Spanish, and Dutch: from Middle English, Old French cardinal ‘cardinal’, the church dignitary (Latin cardinalis, originally an adjective meaning ‘crucial’). The surname may have denoted a servant who worked in a cardinal’s household, but was probably more often bestowed as a nickname on someone who habitually dressed in red or who had played the part of a cardinal in a pageant, or on one who acted in a lordly and patronizing manner, like a prince of the Church.

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


Similar surnames: Cardinale, Carden, Carda, Carmin, Carnal, Harding, Gardin, Farina

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Cardinal Family Origin

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Cardinal Family Occupations

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In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cardinal. 20% of Cardinal men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Cardinal women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cardinal were Truck Driver and Housework

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • New Worker
    8%
  • Housework
    8%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Cardinal Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 50,000 census records available for the last name Cardinal. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cardinal 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Cardinal. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Cardinal. For the veterans among your Cardinal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cardinal Life Expectancy

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Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Cardinal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Cardinal in 1951 was 44, and 72 in 2004.

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