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Dee Family History

Dee Name Meaning

Welsh: nickname for a swarthy person, from Welsh du ‘dark’, ‘black’. Irish: variant of Daw 3. English and Scottish: habitational name from a settlement on the banks of the river Dee in Cheshire or either of the rivers so named in Scotland. The origin of both of these is a Celtic word meaning ‘sacred’, ‘goddess’.

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

Similar surnames: Dew, Doe, Ree, Lee, Hee, Gee, Bee, Deep, Dey, Deer

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Where is the Dee family from?

You can see how Dee families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dee family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dee families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Dee families living in Connecticut. This was about 20% of all the recorded Dee's in the USA. Connecticut had the highest population of Dee families in 1840.
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What did your Dee ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dee. 14% of Dee men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Dee women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dee were Clerk and Maid.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 73,000 census records available for the last name Dee. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dee 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Dee. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Dee. For the veterans among your Dee ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dee lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Dee life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Dee in 1942 was 51, and 75 in 2004.

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