Dorsett Family History

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Dorsett Name Meaning

English: regional name from the county of Dorset, named from Old English Dorn, an early name of Dorchester (of British origin, from durn ‘fist’, probably referring to fist-sized pebbles) + s?te ‘dwellers’.

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

Similar surnames: Corbett, Dorsey, Doggett, Burgett, Borseth, Corlett, Garnett, Forseth

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Dorsett Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dorsett name?

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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Dorsett Family Origin

Where is the Dorsett family from?

Dorsett Family Occupations

What did your Dorsett ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Dorsett occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Dorsett's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dorsett. A less common occupation for the Dorsett family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Dorsett Historical Records

What Dorsett family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 30,000 census records available for the last name Dorsett. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dorsett 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dorsett. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Dorsett. For the veterans among your Dorsett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dorsett Life Expectancy

What is the average Dorsett lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Dorsett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Dorsett in 1941 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dorsett

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dorsett 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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