D Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.

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D Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the D name?

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


  • Italy


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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D Family Origin

Where is the D family from?

D Family Occupations

What did your D ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter

  • Carpenter (Retired)


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

D Historical Records

What D family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 138,000 census records available for the last name D. Like a window into their day-to-day life, D 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 122,000 immigration records available for the last name D. 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 67,000 military records available for the last name D. For the veterans among your D ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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D Life Expectancy

What is the average D lifespan?

Between 2000 and 2003, in the United States, D life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2003, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for D in 2000 was 61, and 54 in 2003.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your D 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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