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Fails Name Meaning

Scottish or Irish: reduced form of McPhail, with the addition of English patronymic -s.

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

Similar surnames: Fail, Vails, Neils, Fall, Fallis, Hails, Faile, Alls, Balls, Rawls

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Fails Family Origin

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Fails Family Occupations

What did your Fails ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Fails occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Fails's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Fails family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fails.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Fails Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Fails. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fails 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 162 immigration records available for the last name Fails. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Fails. For the veterans among your Fails ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fails Life Expectancy

What is the average Fails lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Fails life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1967, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Fails in 1944 was 33, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Fails

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fails 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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