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Dickinson Name Meaning

English: variant of Dickenson a patronymic from the Middle English personal name Dicun a pet form of Richard (see Dicken ) + son.

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


Similar surnames: Dickenson, Dickerson, Dickson, Dickison, Tomkinson, Higginson

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Where is the Dickinson family from?

You can see how Dickinson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dickinson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dickinson families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 211 Dickinson families living in New York. This was about 26% of all the recorded Dickinson's in USA. New York had the highest population of Dickinson families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dickinson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dickinson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dickinson. 15% of Dickinson men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Dickinson women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dickinson were Carpenter and Stenographer. .

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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

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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Census Records

There are 400,000 census records available for the last name Dickinson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dickinson 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 48,000 immigration records available for the last name Dickinson. 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 48,000 military records available for the last name Dickinson. For the veterans among your Dickinson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dickinson lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Dickinson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Dickinson in 1944 was 35, and 75 in 2004.

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