Dorsey Family History

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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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Dorsey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dorsey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dorsey. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Dorsey Family Origin

Where is the Dorsey family from?

Dorsey Family Occupations

What did your Dorsey ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Dorsey family was Farm Laborer. The most common Dorsey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 24% of Dorsey's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dorsey.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Dorsey Historical Records

What Dorsey family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Dorsey Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dorsey 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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