Hampshire Family History

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Hampshire Name Meaning

regional name from the southern English county so called, which derives its name from Hampton (i.e. the port of Southampton) + Old English scir ‘division’, ‘district’. regional name from the area of Hallamshire in southern Yorkshire, named from Hallam + Middle English schir ‘division’, ‘administrative region’ (Old English scir). The surname is most common in Yorkshire, where this second derivation is most likely to be the source.

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

Similar surnames: Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hartshorn, Shire, Yamashiro, Darbyshire

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Hampshire Family Origin

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Hampshire Family Occupations

What did your Hampshire ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hampshire. A less common occupation for the Hampshire family was Carpenter. The most common Hampshire occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Hampshire's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Hampshire Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Hampshire. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hampshire 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Hampshire. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Hampshire. For the veterans among your Hampshire ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hampshire Life Expectancy

What is the average Hampshire lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Hampshire life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Hampshire in 1952 was 29, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hampshire

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hampshire 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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