Carr Family History

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Carr Name Meaning

Northern English and Scottish: variant of Kerr. Irish (Ulster): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Carra ‘descendant of Carra’, a byname meaning ‘spear’. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Chathair, a Donegal name meaning ‘son of the servant of Cathair’.

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

Similar surnames: Barr, Cart, Corr, Garr, Darr, Carn, Card, Carp, Sarr, Carl

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Carr Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Carr name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Carr Family Origin

Where is the Carr family from?

Carr Family Occupations

What did your Carr ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Carr occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Carr's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Carr. A less common occupation for the Carr family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Carr Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 983,000 census records available for the last name Carr. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Carr 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 104,000 immigration records available for the last name Carr. 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 158,000 military records available for the last name Carr. For the veterans among your Carr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Carr Life Expectancy

What is the average Carr lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Carr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Carr in 1940 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Carr 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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