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Cave Family History

Cave Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin) and northern French: nickname for a bald man, from Anglo-Norman French cauf ‘bald’. Compare Chaffee. English: habitational name from a place in East Yorkshire called Cave, apparently from a river name derived from Old English caf ‘swift’. French: metonymic occupational name for someone employed in or in charge of the wine cellars of a great house, from Old French cave ‘cave’, ‘cellar’ (Latin cavea, a derivative of cavus ‘hollow’). French, possibly also English: topographic name for someone who lived in or near a cave, from the same word as in 3 in an older sense.

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

Similar surnames: Cane, Cava, Cape, Cade, Nave, Cage, Caye, Case, Ave, Clare

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Where is the Cave family from?

You can see how Cave families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cave family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cave families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 23 Cave families living in Ohio. This was about 22% of all the recorded Cave's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Cave families in 1840.
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What did your Cave ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cave. 20% of Cave men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Cave women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cave were Salesman and Housework.

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

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housework
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Passenger Lists

There are 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Cave. 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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There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Cave. For the veterans among your Cave ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cave lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cave life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cave in 1944 was 29, and 78 in 2004.

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