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Doe Family History

Doe Name Meaning

English and Scottish: nickname for a mild and gentle man, from Middle English do ‘doe’ (Old English da). English (of Norman origin): habitational name (Old French d’Eu) for someone from Eu in Seine-Maritime, France. The place name is either a dramatic reduction of Latin Augusta ‘(city of) Augustus’, or else derives from the Germanic element auwa ‘water meadow’, ‘island’.

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

Similar surnames: Dove, Dore, Dole, Roe, Hoe, Noe, Dome, Don, Dee, Coe

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Where is the Doe family from?

You can see how Doe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Doe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Doe families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 59 Doe families living in Maine. This was about 45% of all the recorded Doe's in USA. Maine had the highest population of Doe families in 1840.
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What did your Doe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Doe. 24% of Doe men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Doe women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Doe were Proprietor and Secretary. .

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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

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Secretary
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Census Records

There are 63,000 census records available for the last name Doe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Doe 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Doe. 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 Doe. For the veterans among your Doe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Doe lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Doe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Doe in 1952 was 56, and 71 in 2004.

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