Denis Family History

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Denis Name Meaning

French, Spanish (Denís), and Portuguese: from the personal name Denis (Spanish Denís), variant of Dennis. Ukrainian: from the personal name Denys (see Dennis).

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

Similar surnames: Denys, Dennis, Deniz, Danis, Deni, Benis, Deis, Donis, Denise, Enis

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Denis Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Denis name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Denis. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • France


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Portugal


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Denis Family Origin

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Denis Family Occupations

What did your Denis ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Denis occupation in the USA was Farmer. 28% of Denis's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Denis. A less common occupation for the Denis family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Farm Laborer


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

Denis Historical Records

What Denis family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 75,000 census records available for the last name Denis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Denis 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Denis. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Denis. For the veterans among your Denis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Denis Life Expectancy

What is the average Denis lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Denis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Denis in 1952 was 37, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Denis 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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