Dick Family History

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Dick Name Meaning

Scottish and English: from a short form of Richard. Although found in every part of Britain, the form Dick is especially common in Scotland, and it was from there, in the 17th century, that the surname was taken to northern Ireland. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from Middle High German dic(ke) ‘thick’, ‘strong’, ‘stout’, or in the case of the Jewish name from modern German dick ‘fat’ or Yiddish dik. German: topographic name for someone who lived by a thicket or patch of thick undergrowth, from Middle High German dicke, a special use of dic(ke) ‘thick’. North German: from a short form of a Germanic personal name Theodicho, formed with theud ‘people’, ‘race’.

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

Similar surnames: Mick, Duck, Bick, Pick, Wick, Hick, Deck, Dicke, Eick, Dieck

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Dick Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dick. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Dick Family Origin

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Dick Family Occupations

What did your Dick ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Dick occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Dick's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dick. A less common occupation for the Dick family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Dick Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 266,000 census records available for the last name Dick. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dick 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 45,000 immigration records available for the last name Dick. 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 73,000 military records available for the last name Dick. For the veterans among your Dick ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dick Life Expectancy

What is the average Dick lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Dick life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Dick in 1942 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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