Dorchester Family History

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Dorchester Name Meaning

English: habitational name either from Dorchester in Oxfordshire or Dorchester, county seat of Dorset. Both are named with a Celtic name, respectively Dorcic and Durnovaria, + Old English ceaster ‘Roman fort or walled city’.

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

Similar surnames: Worcester, Rochester, Chester, Doncaster, Winchester, Chichester

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Dorchester Family Origin

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Dorchester Family Occupations

What did your Dorchester ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Clergyman and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dorchester. A less common occupation for the Dorchester family was Day Laborer. The most common Dorchester occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Dorchester's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Clergyman

  • Carpenter

  • Day Laborer


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

Dorchester Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Dorchester. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dorchester census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Dorchester

Passenger List

There are 285 immigration records available for the last name Dorchester. 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 657 military records available for the last name Dorchester. For the veterans among your Dorchester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dorchester Life Expectancy

What is the average Dorchester lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Dorchester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Dorchester in 1954 was 49, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dorchester

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dorchester 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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