Defoe Family History

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Defoe Name Meaning

Of uncertain origin; probably an Anglicized form of a French Huguenot name.

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

Similar surnames: Defee, Deboe, Devoe, Deyoe, Devoy, Demme, Debose, Devol, Depoe

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Defoe Family Origin

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Defoe Family Occupations

What did your Defoe ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Works On Farm and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Defoe. A less common occupation for the Defoe family was Keeps House. The most common Defoe occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Defoe's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Works On Farm

  • Farming

  • Keeps House


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

Defoe Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Defoe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Defoe 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 581 immigration records available for the last name Defoe. 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 Defoe. For the veterans among your Defoe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Defoe Life Expectancy

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Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Defoe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Defoe in 1955 was 23, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Defoe 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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