Catherine Family History

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Catherine Name Meaning

French and English: from the medieval female personal name Catherine, Latin Caterina. This is of uncertain origin, being first attested in Greek in the form Aikaterine but later affected by folk etymological associations with Greek katharos ‘pure’. It was borne by various early Christian saints, and was popular throughout the Middle Ages.

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

Similar surnames: Caterina, Cater, Casterline, Mathurin, Angeline, Crumrine, Thesing

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Catherine Family Origin

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Catherine Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Catherine family was Laborer. Farm Laborer, Keeping House and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Catherine. The most common Catherine occupation in the USA was Farm Laborer. 22% of Catherine's were Farm Laborers.

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  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farmer

  • Laborer


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Catherine Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Catherine. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Catherine 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Catherine. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Catherine. For the veterans among your Catherine ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Catherine Life Expectancy

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Between 1959 and 2003, in the United States, Catherine life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Catherine in 1959 was 63, and 75 in 2003.

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