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Delaware Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin) and French: nickname for a soldier or for a belligerent person, from Old French (de la) werre, (de la) guerre ‘(of the) war’. Compare Warr. English: habitational name from Delaware in Brasted, Kent, named with Old English wer ‘weir’.

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

Similar surnames: Delamar, Clare, Dolbeare, Delamarter, Dewart, Delane, Delcambre

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Where is the Delaware family from?

You can see how Delaware families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Delaware family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Delaware families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Delaware families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 67% of all the recorded Delaware's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Delaware families in 1840.
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What did your Delaware ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Delaware. 37% of Delaware men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Delaware women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Delaware were Gardner and Teacher. .

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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
  • Truck Driver
  • Weaver
  • Gardner

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housework
  • Waitress
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Delaware. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Delaware 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Delaware. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Delaware. For the veterans among your Delaware ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Delaware lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Delaware life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2004, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Delaware in 1956 was 50, and 43 in 2004.

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