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Duty Family History

Duty Name Meaning

English: unexplained. Possibly a Americanized spelling of French Duthie or Dutey, both variants of Dutil, or a translation of French Dudevoir, which is probably a dit-name in origin, from one of the regiments that served in New France, perhaps a nickname for someone obsessed with duty.

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


Similar surnames: Dury, Duke, Duey, Luty, Dugay, Duttry, Douty, Doty, Dutt, Dory

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Where is the Duty family from?

You can see how Duty families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Duty family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Duty families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Duty families living in Indiana. This was about 13% of all the recorded Duty's in the USA. Indiana and 2 other states had the highest population of Duty families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Duty surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Duty ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Duty. 27% of Duty men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Duty women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Duty were Miner 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
    27%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Farming
    6%
  • Miner
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    16%
  • Teacher
    12%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Duty. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Duty 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 683 immigration records available for the last name Duty. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Duty. For the veterans among your Duty ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Duty lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Duty life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Duty in 1945 was 46, and 63 in 2004.

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