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Dorsey Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name, with the preposition d(e), from Orsay in Seine-et-Orne, France, recorded in the 13th century as Orceiacum, from the Latin personal name Orcius + the locative suffix -acum.

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


Similar surnames: Dorney, Dore, Darsey, Horsey, Dorey, Dolney, Darney, Downey, Cossey

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Where is the Dorsey family from?

You can see how Dorsey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dorsey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dorsey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 205 Dorsey families living in Maryland. This was about 43% of all the recorded Dorsey's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Dorsey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dorsey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dorsey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dorsey. 22% of Dorsey men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Dorsey women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dorsey were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    15%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Laundress
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
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Census Records

There are 150,000 census records available for the last name Dorsey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dorsey 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Dorsey. 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 36,000 military records available for the last name Dorsey. For the veterans among your Dorsey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dorsey lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Dorsey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Dorsey in 1940 was 52, and 73 in 2004.

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