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Char Family History

Char Name Meaning

French: from Old French char ‘cart carriage’ (from Late Latin carrum a word of Gaulish origin) a metonymic occupational name for a carter. Americanized form of Slovenian Čar (see Car ). Arabic: French-influenced form of Shaar . Bearers of this surname are both Muslims and Christians. Indian (Karnataka): Brahmin name from Sanskrit āčārya ‘teacher spiritual guide’. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 謝 see Xie Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 查 see Zha .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Car, Dhar, Chard, Chad, Cap, Cham, Clar, Haar, Charo, Chao

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Where is the Char family from?

You can see how Char families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Char family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Char families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Char family living in Missouri. This was about 50% of all the recorded Char's in USA. Missouri and 1 other state had the highest population of Char families in 1840.
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What did your Char ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Char. 20% of Char men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Char women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Char were Waiter and Trimmer. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Proprietor
  • Waiter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Trimmer
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Char. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Char census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Char. 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 Cards

There are 448 military records available for the last name Char. For the veterans among your Char ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Char lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Char life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Char in 1955 was 48, and 74 in 2004.

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