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Fall Family History

Fall Name Meaning

Scottish or Irish: reduced form of McFall. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a waterfall, declivity, or forest clearing, Middle English fall (from Old English (ge)fall ‘a felling of trees’, Old Norse fall ‘forest clearing’). German: topographic name from Middle High German val ‘fall (of trees)’; in some cases ‘waterfall’ or ‘landslide’, or a habitational name from a minor place named with this word, or in Tyrol from Ladine val ‘valley’. African: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Wall, Hall, Ball, Fell, Call, Faul, Kall, Falla, Fahl, Fail

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Where is the Fall family from?

You can see how Fall families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fall family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fall families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 26 Fall families living in Ohio. This was about 24% of all the recorded Fall's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Fall families in 1840.
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What did your Fall ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Fall. 19% of Fall men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Fall women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fall were Machinist and Teacher.

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Machinist
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Fall. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fall 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Fall. 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 27,000 military records available for the last name Fall. For the veterans among your Fall ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fall lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Fall life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Fall in 1947 was 49, and 69 in 2004.

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