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Close Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure of some sort, such as a courtyard set back from the main street or a farmyard, from Middle English clos(e) (Old French clos, from Late Latin clausum, past participle of claudere ‘to close’). English: from Middle English clos(e) ‘secret’, applied as a nickname for a reserved or secretive person. Dutch: variant of Claeys. Altered spelling of German Klose.

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

Similar surnames: Clos, Crose, Clare, Grose, Clower, Closs, Lose, Klos, Loose, Clore

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Close Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Close name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Close Family Origin

Where is the Close family from?

Close Family Occupations

What did your Close ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Close. A less common occupation for the Close family was Carpenter. The most common Close occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Close's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Close Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 110,000 census records available for the last name Close. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Close 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Close. 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 25,000 military records available for the last name Close. For the veterans among your Close ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Close Life Expectancy

What is the average Close lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Close life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Close in 1944 was 35, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Close 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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