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Dence Family History

Dence Name Meaning

English: ethnic name for someone from Denmark, from Middle English den(s)ch ‘Danish’ (Old English denisc). There were many Danes in England in the Middle Ages, not only the long-established settlers in the Danelaw region, but also more recent immigrants.

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


Similar surnames: Dance, Bence, Denke, Vance, Denyer, Denby, Bunce, Denz, Dentice

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Where is the Dence family from?

You can see how Dence families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dence family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dence families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Dence families living in New Jersey. This was about 40% of all the recorded Dence's in the USA. New Jersey and 1 other state had the highest population of Dence families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dence surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dence ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dence. 31% of Dence men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Dence women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dence were Teacher and Secretary.

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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
    31%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Carpenter
    8%
  • Teacher
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    43%
  • Cook
    29%
  • Secretary
    29%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Dence. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dence 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 581 immigration records available for the last name Dence. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Dence. For the veterans among your Dence ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dence lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Dence life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Dence in 1956 was 28, and 77 in 2004.

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