Feather Family History

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Feather Name Meaning

English: from Middle English fether ‘feather’, applied as a metonymic occupational name for a trader in feathers and down, a maker of quilts, or possibly a maker of pens. Feathermongers are recorded from the 13th century onwards. In some cases the surname may have arisen from a nickname denoting a very light person or perhaps a person of no account. Americanized form of German Feder.

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


Similar surnames: Feathers, Leather, Flasher, Weathers, Flathers, Rather, Heather

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Feather Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Feather name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    54%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    16%

  • Germanic Europe

    11%

  • France

    3%

  • Italy

    3%

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Feather Family Origin

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Feather Family Occupations

What did your Feather ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Feather occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Feather's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Feather. A less common occupation for the Feather family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

    42%
  • Laborer

    14%
  • Blacksmith

    4%
  • Keeping House

    4%

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

Feather Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 62,000 census records available for the last name Feather. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Feather 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Feather. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Feather. For the veterans among your Feather ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Feather Life Expectancy

What is the average Feather lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Feather life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Feather in 1946 was 53, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Feather

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Feather 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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