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Craven Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Crabháin (County Galway) or Mac Crabháin (Louth, Monaghan) ‘descendant (or ‘son’) of Crabhán’. English: regional name from the district of West Yorkshire so called, which is probably ‘garlic place’, from a British word, the ancestor of Welsh craf ‘garlic’.

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


Similar surnames: Mccraven, Heaven, Braden, Cave, Raven, Cavan, Graven, Cavey, Craney

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Where is the Craven family from?

You can see how Craven families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Craven family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Craven families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 32 Craven families living in North Carolina. This was about 20% of all the recorded Craven's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Craven families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Craven surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Craven ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Craven. 15% of Craven men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Craven women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Craven were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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
    15%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Craven. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Craven. For the veterans among your Craven ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Craven lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Craven life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Craven in 1941 was 31, and 77 in 2004.

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