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Dance Family History

Dance Name Meaning

English: from Middle English, Old French dance ‘dance’, hence a nickname for a skilled or enthusiastic dancer, or a metonymic occupational name for a professional acrobat or dancer. Probably a translation or Americanized spelling of German Danz.

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


Similar surnames: Dancer, Lance, Dace, Dane, Dence, Hance, Range, Danca, Vance, Bunce

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Where is the Dance family from?

You can see how Dance families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dance family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dance families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 15 Dance families living in Virginia. This was about 28% of all the recorded Dance's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Dance families in 1840.
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What did your Dance ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dance. 29% of Dance men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Dance women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dance were Farming and House Wife.

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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

  • Farmer
    29%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farming
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    13%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Servant
    7%
  • House Wife
    6%
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Census Records

There are 63,000 census records available for the last name Dance. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dance 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Dance. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Dance. For the veterans among your Dance ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dance lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Dance life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1954. The average life expectancy for Dance in 1951 was 79, and 77 in 2004.

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