Denison Family History

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Denison Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Dennis. Possibly an Americanized form of cognates in other languages, for example Russian Denisov, from Denis, or Ukrainian Denysevich, from Denys.

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

Similar surnames: Dennison, Jenison, Denis, Henson, Deliso, Benson, Elison, Jewison

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Denison Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Denison name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Sweden


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Denison Family Origin

Where is the Denison family from?

Denison Family Occupations

What did your Denison ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Denison occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Denison's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Denison. A less common occupation for the Denison family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Denison Historical Records

What Denison family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 71,000 census records available for the last name Denison. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Denison 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Denison. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Denison. For the veterans among your Denison ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Denison Life Expectancy

What is the average Denison lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Denison life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1949. The average life expectancy for Denison in 1944 was 46, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Denison

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Denison 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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