Decatur Family History

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Decatur Name Meaning

Variant of Dutch de Caters, a nickname for someone thought to resemble a tomcat (see Kater).

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


Similar surnames: Deaver, De Turk, Delair, Ducat, Debates, Decoux, Decamp, Demato

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Decatur Family Origin

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Decatur Family Occupations

What did your Decatur ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Decatur. A less common occupation for the Decatur family was Carpenter. The most common Decatur occupation in the USA was Farmer. 20% of Decatur's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    20%
  • Laborer

    14%
  • Keeping House

    10%
  • Carpenter

    8%

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

Decatur Historical Records

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Census Record

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

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Decatur Life Expectancy

What is the average Decatur lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Decatur life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Decatur in 1947 was 28, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Decatur

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Decatur 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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