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Driver Family History

Driver Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a driver of horses or oxen attached to a cart or plow, or of loose cattle, from a Middle English agent derivative of Old English drifan ‘to drive’.

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


Similar surnames: Drover, Diver, Rimer, Rivers, Graver, Dreher, Writer, Draves, River

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Where is the Driver family from?

You can see how Driver families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Driver family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Driver families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 34 Driver families living in Tennessee. This was about 19% of all the recorded Driver's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Driver families in 1840.
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What did your Driver ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Driver. 27% of Driver men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Driver women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Driver were Truck Driver and Cook.

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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

  • Farmer
    27%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Cook
    6%
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Census Records

There are 280,000 census records available for the last name Driver. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Driver 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Driver. 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 25,000 military records available for the last name Driver. For the veterans among your Driver ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Driver lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Driver life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Driver in 1944 was 24, and 72 in 2004.

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