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Cranston Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place near Dalkeith named Cranston, from the genitive case of the Old English byname Cran meaning ‘crane’ + Old English tun ‘settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Swanston, Caston, Croston, Branton, Ruston, Branson, Crafton, Bratton

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Cranston Family Origin

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Cranston Family Occupations

What did your Cranston ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Cranston family was Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Keeps House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cranston. The most common Cranston occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Cranston's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Keeps House

    2%
  • Laborer

    2%

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

Cranston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Cranston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cranston 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Cranston. 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 Cranston. For the veterans among your Cranston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cranston Life Expectancy

What is the average Cranston lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Cranston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Cranston in 1959 was 58, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cranston

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cranston 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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