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Doctor Name Meaning

Scottish (Angus): occupational name from Middle English and Older Scots doctour ‘authority on theology or medicine; teacher scholar or physician’. Americanized form of Hungarian Polish Czech and Slovak Doktor and German or Dutch Dokter Docter Dockter or Docktor . Indian (Gujarat and Mumbai): Parsi occupational name for a physician from the English word doctor.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Doktor, Docter, Hector, Dockter, Dokter, Kantor, Hoctor, Factor

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Where is the Doctor family from?

You can see how Doctor families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Doctor family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Doctor families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 10 Doctor families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 71% of all the recorded Doctor's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Doctor families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Doctor surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Doctor ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Doctor. 27% of Doctor men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Doctor women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Doctor were Proprietor and Housewife. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Doctor. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Doctor 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Doctor. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Doctor. For the veterans among your Doctor ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Doctor lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Doctor life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Doctor in 1942 was 32, and 86 in 2004.

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